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It should be noted that the video says that symptoms of AIDS appear 5-10 years after HIV infection. With modern treatments HIV can be managed effectively in the long term and living with HIV will not necessarily result in an AIDS diagnosis.

Key Terms:

AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome)
The late stage of the illness caused by infection with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). See our STI information page for more on HIV.

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). HIV damages the immune system leading to serious infections. See our STI information page for more on HIV.

T-Cell (T-Lymphocyte)
A type of lymphocyte.

CD4 Cell
A type of T-cell involved in protecting against viral, fungal and protozoal infections.

CD4 Cell count
A blood test that is used to assess the state of the immune system. It is used to monitor HIV infection,

For more key terms, visit YEAH’s Glossary of Definitions

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