Social Worker

HIV / AIDs


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7 CE credit hours training
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$35.00
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Rachel Werner
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WHAT IS HIV? THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HIV AND AIDS.

AIDS is an acronym used for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. AIDS is a disease that slowly destroys the body's immune system and a person with a suppressed immune system can't fight off germs, infections and diseases. AIDS is caused by a virus known as the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that is a member of the retrovirus group. The virus responsible for causing AIDS in a person is the lentivirus.

The lentivirus kills an important kind of blood cell -- the CD4 T lymphocyte, or T cell. These T cells are the quarterbacks of the immune system. As the cells die the body becomes weaker and susceptible to other diseases. Microbes and other pathogens take advantage of this situation and infect the body since the body cannot fight off the pathogens. The diseases and infections caused by these pathogens are termed as opportunistic infections. When people infected HIV get these infections; or when


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