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Unraveling the Connection: Exploring the Link Between STIs, HIV Risk, and Understanding HIV vs. AIDS


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Question: Why is someone with an STI or multiple STI's more at risk of getting HIV than others that do not have STI's? Also, what is the difference between HIV and AIDS?

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Someone with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) is thought to be more at risk of getting HIV due to multiple reasons. Firstly, the same behaviors and circumstances that put individuals at risk for STIs also place them at risk for HIV. Secondly, certain STIs, particularly those causing sores or inflammation such as herpes or syphilis, could make it easier for HIV to enter the body during sexual contact. In addition, an STI can also stimulate an immune response in the genital area that can attract cells that HIV infects. As for the difference between HIV and AIDS: 1. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that attacks the body's immune system, specifically the CD4 cells (T cells), which help the immune system fight off infections. If left untreated, HIV can destroy many of these cells that the body can't fight off infection or disease. 2. AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is the final stage of HIV infection. Not everyone with HIV advances to this stage. AIDS is defined by the development of certain cancers, infections, or other severe clinical manifestations. The symptoms are severe and life-threatening, and without treatment, people with AIDS typically survive about 3 years. However, with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled and it might take decades for HIV to progress to AIDS, or it might never progress to AIDS at all. That's why it's very important to start HIV treatment as soon as possible after diagnosis. This not only keeps you healthy but also can significantly reduce your chance of spreading HIV to others.

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April 30, 2024, 8:50 a.m.

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Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2024

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