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pinkadam:
Hi Guys

Iam trying to understand the difference between HIV and AIDS.
According to CDC if you T cell goes below 200 then you are considered to be having full blown AIDS.
Upon treatment if your T cells climbs above 200 does it mean you were HIV+ but got no aids ?
Some people here mentioned, they have not had any issues though their Tcells were in single digit. Does AIDS necessaryly cause the complications to every one who has Tcells under 200 or it will only cause complications to people who are unlucky.

When you have T cells less than 200 and when you are on medication , what all the things to watch out for.

My doctor thinks the terminology of HIV and AIDS are very much irrelevent in the current era.

All responses welcomed and thanks ahead for your reply

Tony

allopathicholistic:

--- Quote from: pinkadam on October 09, 2006, 06:29:38 PM ---My doctor thinks the terminology of HIV and AIDS are very much irrelevent in the current era.

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well i don't know what to say about that statement BUT the hospital *I* go to classifies AIDS in two stages (summary below) ... Disclaimer: I don't know the *official* answer to your questions. I'm certain  other members here do and will  chime in.

- Asymptomatic: means the person has HIV and a low CD4 count BUT the person does NOT HAVE opportunistic infections nor adverse conditions typically associated with AIDS e.g. KS, CMV, PCP, wasting, diarrhea, shingles, thrush, etc.

- Symptomatic: means the person has HIV and a low CD4 count AND the person DOES HAVE one or more opportunistic infections and/or adverse conditions typically associated with AIDS e.g. KS, CMV, PCP, wasting, diarrhea, shingles, thrush, etc.

The above I learned by looking through the paperwork copies given to me by my hospital

Bizmark33:
I also wondered about this. My wife and I were discussing this just a little bit ago. Can a person go in and out of AIDS.....Acuired Immuned difficiency Syndrome.....if your CD4 count goes back aboe the threshold for AIDS then one would assume you no longer meet the criteria for AIDS and are simply HIV positive again.....at least, for the time being. I would like an official answer though, as to wether or not a person can go in and out of the AID syndrome. I understand it is a chronic illness, but understanding the complexities is difficult.
     

yowsaa:

--- Quote from: pinkadam on October 09, 2006, 06:29:38 PM ---
According to CDC if you T cell goes below 200 then you are considered to be having full blown AIDS.

My doctor thinks the terminology of HIV and AIDS are very much irrelevent in the current era.


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Hey Tony,
Technically yes , above 200=hiv, <200 they"call" aids. Mind you, I believe these standards were made before the advent of HAART when treatment was limited at best. I wouldn't dramatize it by saying full blown.

If it helps you psycolligally (sp lol), take your meds faithfully, get your numbers better.... over 1000 cd4's and i'll be calling you robocop !!

Your doc is most assuredly 100% correct the terms are irrelevant in this age.

yowsaa:
Hello Bizmark33,

As far as I know, no you don't go in and out but that doesnt mean anything, nor is it the final predictor of one's survival. Maybe CDC will change it to over 200 is being in remission?

 P.S. Both me and wife are +, she's been going 6 years (no meds) undetectable with latest cd4 @ 1650 !!  Even those little buggers agree with me shes hard to live with lol. Forget haart, just be a grump  ;D

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