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Published on May 31, 2016
Dr. Leandro explains HIV, AIDS and how they’re connected.
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TRANSCRIPT: Dr. Leandro: What’s the difference between HIV and AIDS? Dr. Demetre: You have some questions? We know HIV. Dr. David: I’m a doctor. I’m trained for this. Dr. Leandro: We’re gonna give you what you need. HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus that actually causes AIDS, which is Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. AIDS is a clinical diagnosis and it’s associated with the development of symptoms and signs that suggest that people’s immune system has been weakened so much by the HIV virus that now they’re susceptible to other infections. So, people who get infected with HIV don’t always develop AIDS, and actually nowadays HIV infections can be treated in such a way that can actually prevent people from ever developing AIDS.