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Understanding AIDS: What Are the Symptoms of AIDS?

Watch more Learn about STDs videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to recognize the symptoms of AIDS in this Howcast video about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Expert: Jane Bogart, M.A. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. One of the things that people do often is confuse HIV with AIDS, so just for clarification HIV is a virus that people get infected with. At certain point people may or may not turn into AIDS. AIDS is defined by having a certain T-cell count in your body or possibly a certain viral load, or having what is called opportunistic infection. And because HIV impairs the immune system, people with AIDS often have infections such as pneumonias that people who don't have HIV infection will never show up with. So one of the things to know is that you can not tell from looking at someone, talking to someone, examining someone's body whether or not they have AIDS. The only way to actually tell if someone is HIV infected is for them to have a blood test and that will tell you the viral load that they have or that HIV is present in their blood stream. So again, really keen to know if you're looking to symptoms of AIDS, you're very unlikely to find them, especially because we now have such great medications that people get when their HIV is positive and often never ever end up with symptoms of AIDS.
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