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Why is a person with AIDS susceptible to Herpes Simplex?

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lro1979 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted November 5, 2012 at 3:37 AM via web

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Why is a person with AIDS susceptible to Herpes Simplex?

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naldskee27 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted November 5, 2012 at 7:05 AM (Answer #1)

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Lets first differentiate Acquired ImmunE Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) from Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). So AIDS usuallya cquire by a person who has low immune system that will then be aggravated by by the what so-called Human Immunodeficiency virus. As a human, we have a combat system to counter-act different diseases or viruses that try to penetrate within us but when this immune system get failed or too weak we will absolutely acquire different diseases or health conditions. This system can seriously be affected when someone becomes infected by HIV. As a result, the immune system cannot perform its function well. Meanwhile, Herpes Simplex Virus usually acquired by having contact (multiple) to an infected person who is a carrier of the HSV itself. The rationale behind why a person is susceptible to Herpes Virus is that; the immune system performs its function but fail to sustain it for a longer periods, thus causing to be infected by the Herpes Simplex Virus that has manifesting symptoms such as; mouth sores, fever blisters, vaginal discharge, genital herpes and easily get infected even with a simple cough and colds. In addition,  AIDS is a more serious condition than herpes and there’s a greater chance of possibility of dying in AIDS than in Herpes. Lastly, AIDS usually affect the immune system of someone having it, but not with the Herpes.

 



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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 6, 2012 at 2:06 PM (Answer #2)

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Although anyone is potentially at risk for contracting the Herpes simplex virus, anyone with a compromised immune system has a higher risk. Between 68-81 % of people with HIV also have Herpes simplex virus type 2. This is genital herpes. They can also be infected by type 1, or oral herpes. The virus enters the body via broken skin or through mucous membranes. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during a period of outbreak. Exchange of bodily fluids is a transmission method. Sometimes, a person may appear asymptomatic, but may be virus "shedding" and is still contagious at this time. Sexual contact with an infected individual can lead to the spread of Herpes simplex virus.

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