Preexposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of HIV Infection in the United States – 2014 Clinical Practice Guideline. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. May 2014. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/PrEPguidelines2014.pdf.
The U.S. blood supply is among the safest in the world. Nearly all people infected with HIV through blood transfusions received those transfusions before 1985, the year HIV testing began for all donated blood.
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Jump up ^ Huang, L; Cattamanchi, A; Davis, JL; den Boon, S; Kovacs, J; Meshnick, S; Miller, RF; Walzer, PD; Worodria, W; Masur, H; International HIV-associated Opportunistic Pneumonias (IHOP), Study; Lung HIV, Study (June 2011). “HIV-associated Pneumocystis pneumonia”. Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society. 8 (3): 294–300. doi:10.1513/pats.201009-062WR. PMC 3132788 . PMID 21653531.
HIV infection does not immediately cause AIDS, and the issues of how it does, and whether all HIV-infected patients will progress to overt disease, remain controversial. Nevertheless, accumulating evidence clearly implicates the growth of the virus in CD4 T cells, and the immune response to it, as the central keys to the puzzle of AIDS. HIV is a worldwide pandemic and, although great strides are being made in understanding the pathogenesis and epidemiology of the disease, the number of infected people around the world continues to grow at an alarming rate, presaging the death of many people from AIDS for many years to come. Estimates from World Health Organization are that 16.3 million people have died from AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic and that there are currently around 34.3 million people alive with HIV infection (Fig. 11.19), of whom the majority are living in sub-Saharan Africa, where approximately 7% of young adults are infected. In some countries within this region, such as Zimbabwe and Botswana, over 25% of adults are infected. (AIDS in Mother and Child, in Case Studies in Immunology, see Preface for details)
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Current HAART options are combinations (or “cocktails”) consisting of at least three medications belonging to at least two types, or “classes,” of antiretroviral agents. Initially treatment is typically a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) plus two nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). Typical NRTIs include: zidovudine (AZT) or tenofovir (TDF) and lamivudine (3TC) or emtricitabine (FTC). Combinations of agents which include protease inhibitors (PI) are used if the above regimen loses effectiveness.
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The Centers for Disease Control has defined AIDS as beginning when a person with HIV infection has a CD4 cell (also called “t-cell”, a type of immune cell) count below 200. It is also defined by numerous opportunistic infections and cancers that occur in the presence of HIV infection.
The person’s immune system is severely damaged, as indicated by a CD4 count of less than 200 cells/mm3. A CD4 count measures the number of CD4 cells in a sample of blood. The CD4 count of a healthy person ranges from 500 to 1,600 cells/mm3.
In February 2016, Jordon suddenly found himself too weak and tired to attend the community-college classes he had enrolled in; he could hardly lift his head from his mother’s couch. He wasn’t accustomed to being sick and had tested negative for H.I.V. just five months before, so thinking he had a bad cold, he waited weeks before his family forced him to go to the emergency room at a hospital in his small town, where he was tested again. “The doctor said to me, ‘Your H.I.V. is so bad — how could you not know?’ ” Jordon recounted through tears. He ended up in intensive care for three weeks. “I honestly didn’t believe it.” He paused and then added quietly, “It was the worst day of my life.”
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