Why is a person with AIDS susceptible to Herpes Simplex?

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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....

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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.