Does a Person With AIDS Always Have HIV?

Here’s question three in our lead-up to World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.

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Remember when you answer each day’s HIV/AIDS question correctly, you are eligible to win a free CD – your choice of either Portable Sounds by tobyMac or Beyond Measure by Jeremy Camp. We’ll randomly choose a winner each day from the correct answers.

The answer to yesterday’s question is 72 percent.

Of the more than 2 million deaths worldwide in 2007 caused by AIDS, 72 percent of those occurred in sub-Saharan Africa.

That statistic shows the devastating toll AIDS is taking on the continent of Africa.

Source: 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic,Executive Summary, pp. 5, 18,

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  1. B.k April 16, 2010

    Why would u want to know

  2. Chris Giovagnoni November 12, 2009

    The answer is yes, and our winner is Heather T.

    Congratulations Heather.

    A person with AIDS always has HIV. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.

    A person may have HIV for many years without developing AIDS. An HIV-positive person is considered to have AIDS only when his or her white blood cell (CD4) count drops below the 200-350 range. In fact, until then, a person with HIV may not show symptoms of the infection.

    However, an HIV-infected person is still able to transmit the disease to others and may develop AIDS at any time.

  3. Sara Benson November 11, 2009

    True. HIV leads to AIDS.

  4. Milagros November 11, 2009

    The answer is YES actually AIDS is developed because of the presence of the HIV in the blood of the people

  5. Jenny November 11, 2009


    HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. AIDS is diagnosed when T cells are below a certain level.

  6. Katie November 11, 2009

    Yes, that is true.

  7. stdslove November 11, 2009

    We need HIV/AIDS education. It’s very important!! CDC has granted CSU $1.9M for HIV/AIDS education.
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    OMG! Why so many guys and girls on the site are very sexy? Why so many people are infected by HIV? There is no
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  8. Crystal November 11, 2009

    Yes – it can take years to develop AIDS after you have the HIV virus.

  9. Jenny November 11, 2009

    False. The progression of HIV causes the virus to become AIDS. One cannot have both at the same time.

  10. Candy November 11, 2009

    Yes. Although the reverse is not true.

  11. Heather T November 11, 2009

    True, but like others have said, someone can be HIV+ but not have AIDS.

  12. Stef November 11, 2009

    Yes. You can have HIV and not AIDs, but you will have HIV forever one infected.

  13. Jennifer November 11, 2009

    I’m going to say false..

  14. Lance Olenik November 11, 2009

    False. As HIV progresses, it becomes AIDS.

  15. Amanda November 11, 2009

    The answer is yes.

  16. Nicole @ Here’s The Diehl November 11, 2009

    True, but someone with HIV doesn’t always have AIDS.

  17. Amy Wallace November 11, 2009

    I’m going to say false

  18. Adam Forwood November 11, 2009

    I’m not sure, but I think false. HIV can cause AIDS, but I’m not sure if there are other causes.

  19. Stevi November 11, 2009

    Yes, HIV is the virus that causes AIDS, so a person with AIDS always has HIV.

  20. Krista November 11, 2009

    The answer would be yes. But a person with HIV does not always have AIDS.

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