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Where Can I Get Tested for HIV/AIDS?
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What Are HIV and AIDS?

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HIV
(Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
The virus affects certain cells of the human immune system, namely, the lymphocytes that protect the body against various infections
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How Does it Happen?
The immune system consists of three types of cells:
The virus affects T lymphocytes
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T lymphocytes
detect the virus
or bacteria
on time
The virus blocks their ability to give signals to B cells
and to start the destruction of a foreign agent (bacteria or virus)
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HIV Specifics

In order to get infected the virus must first enter the blood system.

The virus dies outside the human body, that is why its transmission is possible only through human body fluids that should contain a large concentration of the virus.

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B cells
get the signal
from the T lymphocytes
and create antibodies alt
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Phagocytes (killer cells)
destroy the virus
as an antibody
response
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AIDS
(Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
Means a group of specific diseases developed as a result of the immune system destruction by the HIV virus
The weakened immune system can cause the development of various diseases associated with the HIV-infection, and in particular:
Tuberculosis
Meningitis
Pneumonia
Certain types of cancer
and other diseases
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These diseases are called opportunistic as they benefit from a weakened human immune system.
The HIV virus can live inside a human body for many years without causing any symptoms (and may be transferred to other people)
before showing any signs of AIDS.
The HIV virus can live inside a human body for many years without causing any symptoms (and may be transferred to other people) before showing any signs of AIDS.
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On average, between
8 and 10 years without
professional treatment
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