Re: Is it possible to have the virus but not have visible symptoms.
So someone with cystic fibrosis doesn't have a disease, but a healthy carrier of the flu does?
Most of the medical professionals I know would beg to differ. I've noticed that the break down in medicine is between diseases, which are viewed as having identifiable causes whether environmental, bacterial, viral, or genetic, and syndromes, which are a collection of symptoms with no single identifiable cause. (Someone wrote a great paper a while back about how this accounts for the shift from GRID to AIDS to HIV/AIDS.) If nothing else, your distinction doesn't adequately account for the millions of healthy carriers of certain virii and bacteria. And let's not forget, most of us are healthy herpes carriers -- it's why we only get cold sores when our immune systems are compromised.
Last edited by Winter Ivy; 02-11-2005 at 09:50 AM.