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To: Kozak
A distinction without a difference.

Apparently you are totally ignorant on the difference between HIV positive and AIDS. Some can live forever with HIV but if you have AIDS (a syndrome - NOT a disease) you are most likely already dying.

49 posted on 11/24/2003 6:38:57 PM PST by cinFLA
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To: cinFLA
If you think anyone can live forever you are the one who is ignorant.

And the definition of AIDS is? Here's a description of the disease process ( and it is a disease look up the definition of "disease"). From the CDC Web site.

SYMPTOMS OF HIV INFECTION Many people do not have any symptoms when they first become infected with HIV. Some people, however, have a flu-like illness within a month or two after exposure to the virus. This illness may include Fever Headache Tiredness Enlarged lymph nodes (glands of the immune system easily felt in the neck and groin These symptoms usually disappear within a week to a month and are often mistaken for those of another viral infection. During this period, people are very infectious, and HIV is present in large quantities in genital fluids.

More persistent or severe symptoms may not appear for 10 years or more after HIV first enters the body in adults, or within two years in children born with HIV infection. This period of "asymptomatic" infection is highly individual. Some people may begin to have symptoms within a few months, while others may be symptom-free for more than 10 years.

Even during the asymptomatic period, the virus is actively multiplying, infecting, and killing cells of the immune system. The most obvious effect of HIV infection is a decline in the number of CD4 positive T cells (also called T4 cells) found in the blood -- the immune system's key infection fighters. At the beginning of its life in the human body, the virus disables or destroys these cells without causing symptoms.

As the immune system worsens, a variety of complications start to take over. For many people, the first signs of infection are large lymph nodes or "swollen glands" that may be enlarged for more than three months. Other symptoms often experienced months to years before the onset of AIDS include

So you see, it's a difference without a distinction. They may not become symptomatic for years or decades, but the virus is in there, slowly killing their immune system. Some people seem to have a genetic predisposition to slower progression, ala Magic Johnson, don't bet on his being alive in 20 years.
50 posted on 11/24/2003 7:05:02 PM PST by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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