1. Can you die from HIV?

    Can you die from HIV?
    What is HIV? HIV is a sexually transmitted infection (STD) that you can acquire through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. The body fluids through which you can get HIV are blood, semen, pre-ejaculate, vaginal and rectal fluids, and breast milk of infected individuals. Most commonly, people acquire HIV through sexual activity. However, others get it through sharing needles, razors, or syringes when using injectable drugs. Data from 2018 suggest that an estimated 37.9 million people have HIV globally... → Continue reading
  2. The 3 stages of HIV

    The 3 stages of HIV
    HIV progression can be divided in 3 stages. Stage one: acute infection, stage two: no symptoms, stage three: typical HIV symptoms and AIDS. One to four weeks after primary infection with HIV, you may experience some flu-like symptoms that may last for about a week. However, some people are perfectly well. On the other hand, having such symptoms might only mean you caught the flu. To stop HIV from replicating and causing irreversible damage, you first have to identify it by getting tested. → Continue reading
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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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