What does “aids” mean?

WHAT DOES “AIDS” MEAN? AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome: Immune Deficiency means a weakness in the body’s system that fights diseases. Syndrome means a group of health problems that make up a disease.

What is AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome)?

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is defined as an HIV infection with either a CD4 + T cell count below 200 cells per µL or the occurrence of specific diseases associated with HIV infection. In the absence of specific treatment, around half of people infected with HIV develop AIDS within ten years.

Why se AETC for HIV and AIDS?

In addition, the SE AETC region has higher rates of HIV and AIDS diagnoses in women, blacks, and Hispanics, as compared with the rest of the country. The geographical area served by SE AETC comprises diverse populations of PLWHA and HIV care providers faced with unique challenges and barriers to care.

How does HIV become AIDS?

HIV disease becomes AIDS when your immune system is seriously damaged. If you have less than 200 CD4 cells or if your CD4 percentage is less than 14%, you have AIDS. See Fact Sheet 124 for more information on CD4 cells.

What is the AETC minority HIV/AIDS program?

The AETC Program uses Minority HIV/AIDS Funds to support the Building the HIV Workforce and Strengthening Engagement in Communities of Color (B-SEC) Project to leverage minority serving institutions (MSIs) to educate and train students in HIV care and treatment and reduce stigma.

What is the SE AETC?

The SE AETC. Southeast AIDS Education & Training Center. The Southeast AIDS Education and Training Center serves the HIV/AIDS Educational Needs of Health Care Providers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

What is the southeast AIDS education and Training Center?

The Southeast AIDS Education and Training Center (SE AETC) is an eight state consortium that includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. We offer comprehensive, collaborative educational opportunities designed to increase the size and strength of the HIV clinical workforce.

What is the NHC and AETC?

The NHC provides up-to-date HIV care training and continuing education credits for health professionals. The AETC Program also supports the integration of the curriculum nationwide into multiple health professions’ academic and training institutions.

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