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Homework Help: Infected with HIV and not exhibit any of the symptoms of AIDS?

  1. Apr 7, 2008 #1
    Why it is possible for a human to be infected with HIV and not exhibit any of the symptoms of AIDS?

    I understand that HIV deteriorates the immune system leading to diseases, and that HIV may show no symptoms, but why is that?

  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 7, 2008 #2
    The number of T helper cells needs to go below a certain critical value before cell-mediated immunity is lost and the body is more susceptible to infections.
  4. Apr 7, 2008 #3
    that's true, but why is it that they may not exhibit any symptoms?
  5. Apr 7, 2008 #4
    Because it's not HIV that kills you, it's the other diseases that gain an easier access into your body that kills you. If your body is strong enough to fight off the other diseases while being infected with HIV, then why would you show symptoms?
  6. Apr 7, 2008 #5
    ahh ok thank you!
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