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The Most Dangerous Complications of HIV/AIDS
Living with HIV/AIDS can result in a weakened immune system, making the body more susceptible to a host of illnesses. Over time, the virus attacks the body’s CD4 cells, which play a critical role in maintaining a healthy immune system. Patients can r
HIV Infection and AIDS
HIV infection and AIDS Definition Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) by infecting helper T cells of the immune system. The most common serotype, HIV-1, is distributed worldwide, w
Starting HIV Therapy Earlier Saves Lives
WEDNESDAY, April 1 (HealthDay News) -- Initiating HIV treatment before the patient's immune system is too badly compromised can dramatically improve survival, a new study finds.
The finding may help settle a debate among AIDS experts as to
More Study Urged on Risks, Benefits of Earlier HIV Therapy
THURSDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- Among HIV patients with a high level of CD4 immune cells, those who aren't taking antiretroviral therapy have a moderately increased risk of death, a new study has found.
The researchers said their find
New Methods May Help Predict Survival of African HIV Patients
FRIDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have devised new ways to gauge the short-term survival of HIV patients in sub-Saharan Africa during their first year of antiretroviral drug therapy.
While prognostic tools like these are avail
Treatment of HIV in Pregnancy
Antiretroviral Medication for HIV If you are pregnant and have HIV, it is essential that you receive treatment with antiretroviral medication. There are two basic reasons for this treatment:it helps prevent transmission of HIV infection to your baby;
Understanding the “AIDS Cocktail”
Shortly following the discovery of HIV in 1981, a variety of monotherapy treatments, including the better-known treatment called AZT, were introduced to patients in an effort to slow the virus’s progression. Despite initial successes, these monothera
HIV Patients More Prone to 7 Kinds of Cancer
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) -- The weakened immune systems of people with HIV puts them at increased risk for at least seven types of cancer, but early diagnosis and treatment of HIV infection could help delay the
Several tests can be administered to determine whether or not a person has been exposed to the HIV/AIDS virus and to what stage the disease has progressed. When a person is infected with HIV, different substances, such as proteins and antibodies, app
HIV in Pregnancy
What Do I Have? The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is caused by an RNA retrovirus. The principal viral strain responsible for this disease in the United States is HIV-1. HIV-2, a closely related virus, occurs primarily in West Africa, Portugal, a