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Is HIV a symptom of any other illness?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
HIV is human immunodeficiency virus, not a symptom of another illness. HIV advances into acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This generally happens eight to ten years after acquiring the virus unless the virus is treated. HIV makes you more susceptible to viruses, fungal infections, pneumonia, and certain forms of cancer.

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