HIV

  1. The 3 stages of HIV

    The 3 stages of HIV
    The symptoms and signs of every HIV stage may vary from person to person. These distinct symptomatic phases are the result of the processes and changes that take place in the body of a person with HIV. Some people may not present with any symptoms for a long time, maybe years. HIV causes progressive damage to the immune system, which commences as soon as the primary infection enters the body. Immediate treatment with antiretroviral medication is mandatory because of... → Continue reading
  2. Definition of acute HIV infection

    Definition of acute HIV infection
    People who develop symptoms two to four weeks after they contract the STD may experience a primary HIV infection. Scientists refer to this medical condition as an acute retroviral syndrome, as well.  After the individual develops antibodies against the virus, the syndrome may abate. The physiopathology behind this initial state is the virus's rapid multiplication. Our immune system usually fights other types of infections that we acquire throughout our lives, like the common flu, for example.  However, we cannot... → Continue reading
  3. The 13 symptoms of HIV

    The 13 symptoms of HIV
    At the onset of HIV infection, at least 90% of people infected with HIV will start experiencing symptoms that will tell them something is wrong with their body. If you know you are at risk of possibly having any sexually transmitted disease, this is the right time to get checked. 40% to 90% of people who contract HIV, experience flu-like symptoms known as acute retroviral syndrome (ARS) a month or two after HIV entered the body. However, in many... → Continue reading
  4. How long can I live with HIV?

    How long can I live with HIV?
    Almost 1.1 million people living with HIV is estimated in the US alone. A recent study suggests that a person diagnosed with HIV at the age of 20, could add up to 43.3 years of life to their life expectancy. However, insufficient treatment or treatment noncompliance could be deadly quicker than expected. Treatment noncompliance or insufficiency may lead to stage 3 HIV or even AIDS. In stage 3 HIV, the immune system is exhausted and can no longer protect the individual against other pathogens. → Continue reading
  5. The Side Effects of HIV On Your Body

    The Side Effects of HIV On Your Body
    You must be familiar with HIV, but perhaps not know if it is, in any way, affecting your body. Technically known as the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, it destroys the CD4+ cells in the body, which are critical to our immune system. These cells are mainly responsible for keeping us healthy from common infections and diseases. HIV gradually weakens the body’s natural defense system, as it prevails, symptoms start showing up. It is imperative to learn what happens as the... → Continue reading

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