When is AIDS diagnosed?

Updated: Jul 01, 2019
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, MA(Cantab), FAAP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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When the immune system is damaged enough that significant opportunistic infections begin to develop, the person is considered to have AIDS. For surveillance purposes in the United States, a CD4+ T-cell count less than 200/µL is also used as a measure to diagnose AIDS, although some opportunistic infections develop when CD4+ T-cell counts are higher than 200/µL, and some people with CD4 counts under 200/µL may remain relatively healthy.

Many opportunistic infections and conditions are used to mark when HIV infection has progressed to AIDS. The general frequency of these infections and conditions varies from rare to common, but all are uncommon or mild in immunocompetent persons. When one of these is unusually severe or frequent in a person infected with HIV and no other causes for immune


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