(See also Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection in Infants and Children, the National Institute’s of Health AIDSInfo web site, and the recommendations of the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America: Primary Care Guidelines for the Management of Persons Infected with HIV.)
Most patients who are infected with HIV will eventually develop AIDS, after a period of apparent quiescence of the disease known as clinical latency or the asymptomatic period (Fig. 11.20). This period is not silent, however, for there is persistent replication of the virus, and a gradual decline in the function and numbers of CD4 T cells until eventually patients have few CD4 T cells left. At this point, which can occur anywhere between 2 and 15 years or more after the primary infection, the period of clinical latency ends and opportunistic infections begin to appear.
Treating infected women with HIV drugs can dramatically reduce the risk of transmission. Infected pregnant women should be treated during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy, during delivery, and during breastfeeding. Doing a cesarean delivery and treating the baby for several weeks after birth also reduce the risk.
The entire HIV genome consists of nine genes flanked by long terminal repeat sequences (LTRs), which are required for the integration of the provirus into the host cell DNA and contain binding sites for gene regulatory proteins that control the expression of the viral genes. Like other retroviruses, HIV has three major genes—gag, pol, and env. The gag gene encodes the structural proteins of the viral core, pol encodes the enzymes involved in viral replication and integration, and env encodes the viral envelope glycoproteins. The gag and pol mRNAs are translated to give polyproteins—long polypeptide chains that are then cleaved by the viral protease (also encoded by pol) into individual functional proteins. The product of the env gene, gp160, has to be cleaved by a host cell protease into gp120 and gp41, which are then assembled as trimers into the viral envelope. As shown in Fig. 11.24, HIV has six other, smaller, genes encoding proteins that affect viral replication and infectivity in various ways. We will discuss the function of two of these—Tat and Rev—in the following section.
Symptoms depend on the particular infection and which part of the body is infected. Lung infections are common in AIDS and usually cause cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Intestinal infections are also common and can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, or swallowing problems. Weight loss, fever, sweats, rashes, and swollen lymph glands are common in people with HIV infection and AIDS.
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If HIV is left untreated, it may take up to 10 or 15 years for the immune system to be so severely damaged it can no longer defend itself at all. However, the speed HIV progresses will vary depending on age, health and background.
Women exposed to HIV infection through heterosexual contact are the most rapidly growing risk group in the United States. The percentage of AIDS cases diagnosed in American women has risen from 7% in 1985 to about 25% in 2006. According to the CDC, in 2006 approximately 278,400 women in the United States were living with HIV/AIDS. The rate was highest among black women and lowest among white women. About 75% of these women contracted HIV through high-risk heterosexual activity; almost all of the remainder acquired the infection through needle sharing.
Because human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is incurable, preventing HIV transmission is paramount. Exposure to HIV can occur by percutaneous, mucous membrane or non-intact skin exposure to infected blood or body fluids. It can also occur by sexual contact, trauma or needle sharing. Postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) is one method of preventing HIV transmission. PEP is the provision of antiretroviral therapy (ART) to HIV-negative persons exposed to infected materials. It should be emphasized that PEP should not replace standard infection control measures and behavioral practices that best prevent HIV exposure.
Including gay black men in the literature and understanding of the origins of the disease and its treatment could have meant earlier outreach, more of a voice and a standing in H.I.V./AIDS advocacy organizations, and access to the cultural and financial power of the L.G.B.T. community that would rise up to demand government action. But 35 years of neglect, compounded by poverty and inadequate local health care infrastructure, have left too many black gay and bisexual men falling through a series of safety nets.
Side effects of combinations of antiretroviral drugs may be unpleasant and serious. However, doctors can prevent many serious problems (such as anemia, hepatitis, kidney problems, and pancreatitis) by regularly examining the person and doing blood tests. The blood tests can detect side effects before they become serious and enable doctors to change antiretroviral drugs when needed. For most people, doctors can find a combination of drugs with minimal side effects.
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Iliotibial band Lie on a bench on the unaffected side, with the unaffected hip and knee slightly flexed, in order to maintain balance; flex the affected hip and straighten the affected knee so that the affected leg hangs off the bench; allow the iliotibial band of the affected leg to be stretched by gravitational pull
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When HIV becomes resistant to HAART, salvage therapy is required to try to suppress the resistant strain of HIV. Different combinations of medications are tried to attempt to reduce viral load. This is often not successful, unfortunately, and the patient will usually develop AIDS and its complications.
Use of PEP is determined by risk of infection; guidelines recommend antiretroviral therapy with ≥ 3 antiretroviral drugs. The drugs should be carefully selected to minimize adverse effects and provide a convenient dosing schedule and thus encourage PEP completion. Preferred regimens include combination of 2 NRTIs and the addition of one or more drugs (eg, 2 NRTIs plus an integrase inhibitor, a PI, or an NNRTI); drugs are given for 28 days. Nevirapine is avoided because of the rare possibility of severe hepatitis. Although evidence is not conclusive, ZDV alone probably reduces risk of transmission after needlestick injuries by about 80%. For detailed recommendations, see the CDC’s Updated Guidelines for Antiretroviral Postexposure Prophylaxis After Sexual, Injection Drug Use, or Other Nonoccupational Exposure to HIV—United States, 2016. [redirect url=’http://penetratearticles.info/bump’ sec=’7′]