AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is the final and most serious stage of HIV disease, which causes severe damage to the immune system. AIDS begins when a person with HIV infection has a CD4 cell count below 200. (CD4 is also called "T-cell", a type of immune cell.) AIDS is also defined by numerous opportunistic infections and cancers that occur in the presence of HIV infection. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) causes AIDS. The virus attacks the immune system and leaves the body vulnerable to a variety of life-threatening infections and cancers. HIV has been found in saliva, tears, nervous system tissue, blood, semen (including pre-seminal fluid), vaginal fluid, and breast milk. However, only blood, semen, vaginal secretions, and breast milk have been proven to transmit infection to others.

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While there is no cure for AIDS/HIV the treatment options available are continually changing and increasing in their effectiveness and success managing the disease. First, find an experienced doctor. Your doctor (or other healthcare provider) should be experienced in treating HIV and AIDS. You may want to see an infectious disease specialist.

Once the decision is made to initiate therapy, the primary goals of antiretroviral therapy are to:

  • reduce HIV-related morbidity and mortality
  • improve quality of life
  • restore and preserve immunologic function
  • maximally and durably suppress viral load.


While there is still no cure for AIDS, Several treatment options from the east have slowed the progress of the virus as well treat the many associated conditions that afflict people with HIV disease. Most eastern treatments aim to strengthen the immune system, help patients reduce stress, and maintain good nutritional practices and appropriate exercise regimens. Taking an active role in any disease is an important part of its treatment.

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Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... The symptoms of HIV and AIDS vary, depending on the phase of infection. When first infected with HIV, you may have no symptoms at all, although it''s more common to develop a brief flu-like illness tw...
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Causes
... Normally, white blood cells and antibodies attack and destroy foreign organisms that enter your body. This response is coordinated by white blood cells known as CD4 lymphocytes. Unfortunately, these l...
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Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Prevention

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Prevention
... There''s no vaccine to prevent HIV infection and no cure for AIDS. But it''s possible to protect yourself and others from infection. That means educating yourself about HIV and avoiding any behavior t...
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Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Treatment

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Complications
... HIV infection weakens your immune system, making you highly susceptible to a large number of bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections. You may also be vulnerable to certain types of cancers. ...
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Treatment
... When HIV was first identified in the early 1980s, there were no drugs to treat the virus and few treatments for the opportunistic infections associated with it. Since then, a number of medications hav...
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Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Support

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Coping skills
... Receiving a diagnosis of any life-threatening illness is devastating. But the emotional, social and financial consequences of HIV/AIDS can make coping with this illness especially difficult — no...
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Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Other

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Neuropathic Pain
... What is neuropathic pain? Neuropathic pain is a complex, chronic pain state that usually is accompanied by tissue injury. With neuropathic pain, the nerve fibers themselves may be damaged, dysfunction...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

HIV/AIDS
... What is HIV? Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is the virus, or germ, that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The virus weakens a person''s ability to fight infections and cancer. Peo...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Treatment

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AIDS
... AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It is thought to be caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This virus destroys the body''s immune system, leaving the person unable to ...
Source: HealthWorld

HIV/AIDS
... AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It is thought to be caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This virus destroys the body’s immune system, leaving the person unable to fi...
Source: HealthWorld

   

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