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- The patient must have a CD4 count of less than 200 cells/mm3
- The patient must be infected with HIV for at least 10 years
- The patient must have a hemoglobin level of 13.2 g/dL
- The patient must have 6 months left to live
A person who is infected with HIV has the potential to develop AIDS, which is a very advanced stage of the infection. A person with HIV can become very ill from opportunistic infections, which take advantage of the person's immunocompromised state. A person with HIV can be classified as having AIDS when his CD4 count drops to below 200 cells/mm3 and/or he has serious symptoms from an opportunistic infection.
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