First, there is a distinction between HIV and AIDS. Most people think of it as one and the same; however, are two separate entities. HIV refers to the human immunodeficiency virus, while AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. AIDS is a disease, while HIV is the virus that causes the disease. A positive HIV test does not mean you have AIDS. HIV attacks the T cells, which are like the infantry of the army, the army of your immune system. The T cells fight all kinds of infections, and if inhibited, infections will invade and thrive in your body, resulting in the diagnosis of AIDS.
Who gets HIV?
There are many ways of contracting HIV and many ways to not get it too. You can not get it hugging an infected person, holding hands, or being in a gated community with a person who has HIV area. You can get HIV by having unprotected sex with an infected person. EL HIV is not visible, so in the absence of a blood test showing negative results, there is no way to know if a person is HIV positive. Continue reading “What is HIV positive?”
The researchers worldwide, working privately and with government support, are looking forward in the treatment of HIV, is the virus that can lead to AIDS. However, it is important to understand that such advances will occur slowly and cure of HIV is probably not a reality in the near future. Viruses are difficult to eradicate, and the hope of a vaccine may be the next big breakthrough in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Advances in treatment
Recent years have seen a proliferation of new drugs that stop HIV in different ways with respect to their predecessors and offer hope to people who have developed other anti-retroviral drug resistance. These include fusion inhibitors that prevent HIV to fuse with host cells; antagonistic co-receptors of chemokines, which bind a co-receptor for HIV to white blood cells; incorporation inhibitors which interrupt the integration function (HIV enzyme uses to integrate its genetic information into the host cell). While these medications offer improved treatment for many people, no antiretroviral drugs can cure HIV. Continue reading “Possible Cure HIV”
Although HIV is the virus that causes AIDS, there is a difference between being infected with HIV and having AIDS. A person can have HIV without having AIDS, but can not have AIDS without HIV. There are five stages of infection with HIV, most recently AIDS.
The first stage of HIV infection is called “period window “. It is a period when the infected person can not be sick and can not leave positive tests, but have a high viral load and highly infectious.
Seroconversion is the second stage of HIV infection and is another period when the infected person is highly infectious. Seroconversion is during the body develops antibodies to HIV that can be detected on tests. Several symptoms of infection also occur, including fever, rash, fatigue and neurological symptoms. Continue reading “First stage of HIV infection”
Although HIV is the virus that causes AIDS, there is a difference between being infected with HIV and having AIDS. A person can have HIV without having AIDS, but can not have AIDS without HIV. There are five stages of HIV infection, the latest AIDS.
The first stage of HIV infection is called the “window period.” It is a period when the infected person can not be sick and can not leave positive tests, but will have a high viral load and highly infectious. Continue reading “Difference between HIV and AIDS”
As with any chronic disease, HIV does not prevent you from traveling! Instead, they allow you to change ideas, enrich you in contact with other people and other cultures. But before takeoff, one must carefully prepare your holiday with your doctor and avoid some areas and risk situations. One imperative continuity of care!
Want to explore other countries, to evolve in other places, your disease will usually not allowed to realize these desires. But before leaving, some precautions should be taken to make your holiday successful. Preparing for the trip
Unfortunately there are still countries that restrict their entry to HIV, such as Kazakhstan. This information is available on the Health tab of country profiles on the site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the embassy of the country concerned; Continue reading “HIV and travel”