AIDS

What is it?

  • AIDS is a diagnosis given to HIV+ individuals who meets one of 2 criteria.

How do you get it?

  • If at any point in time, someone who is HIV+ white blood cell count is to drop below 200 per teaspoon of blood, they will then be diagnosed with AIDS.
  • The second way is if someone who is HIV+ is to get one of 26 opportunistic infections. These are infections that we see very common in individuals who have weakened immune systems.

What are the symptoms?

  • Symptoms will vary depending on what opportunistic infection the individual has.

Treatment & Prevention

  • Treatment and Prevention for AIDS can be very tricky. AIDS effects every person differently.
  • HIV+ individuals AIDS treatment will vary depending on what opportunistic infection they have.
  • To prevent the progression to an AIDS diagnosis, an HIV+ individual must take their medication at the same time, every day. If they are to miss a dose that medication may no longer be good for them.