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It is important to remember that sometimes, for reasons not entirely understood, the viral load can briefly increase. Unexpected increases, therefore, necessitate repeated testing of the viral load before any clinical decisions are made. If, however, the viral load is continually detected despite proper adherence to the prescribed therapy, serious consideration must be given to the possibility that the virus has become resistant to one or more of the medications being given, especially if viral load is greater than 200 copies/mL. There is now an abundance of data showing that the use of drug-resistance tests can improve the response to a follow-up regimen. Testing can be used to determine if an individual’s HIV has become resistant to one or more of the drugs that are being taken. There are currently two main types of resistance tests available in the clinic: one that is called a genotype and the other a phenotype assay. The former looks for mutations in the virus and the latter the actual amount of drug it takes to block infection by the patient’s virus. The genotype test is very helpful in those being screened for the presence of resistant virus prior to initiating treatment and those experiencing viral rebound on one of their first treatment regimens. The phenotype test is particularly useful in those who are highly treatment experienced and have substantial amounts of drug resistance, especially to the protease class. The information derived from these tests, along with a tropism test will ultimately tell the provider which of the many approved drugs are likely to be fully active against the specific patient’s virus. Using this information, the goal is to include at least two and at times preferably three fully active drugs in the next regimen in order to optimize the chances of suppressing the viral load to undetectable levels. It is often useful to seek expert consultation in managing those with multidrug resistant virus.
Ward 86, the nation’s first outpatient AIDS clinic, opened at San Francisco General Hospital on January 1, 1983. Recently, I went there to see Steven Deeks, an expert on the chronic immune activation and inflammation brought on by H.I.V. Deeks, a professor at the School of Medicine at U.C.S.F., also runs the SCOPE Study: a cohort of two thousand H.I.V.-positive men and women in whom he measures the long-term effects of living with the virus. Each year, blood samples are sent to labs all over the world. Deeks’s mission is to catalogue the damage that H.I.V. does to tissues and to test new drugs that might help.
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A small group of individuals continue to dispute the connection between HIV and AIDS, the existence of HIV itself, or the validity of HIV testing and treatment methods. These claims, known as AIDS denialism, have been examined and rejected by the scientific community. However, they have had a significant political impact, particularly in South Africa, where the government’s official embrace of AIDS denialism (1999–2005) was responsible for its ineffective response to that country’s AIDS epidemic, and has been blamed for hundreds of thousands of avoidable deaths and HIV infections.
The most important way to stop HIV/AIDS is education. People can get HIV from the exchange of bodily fluids and from sharing needles. Children can also get HIV from their mothers (when they grow inside pregnant mothers and when they drink breast milk.) Sex is one way to get HIV. If people use condoms when they have sex, there is a much smaller chance of catching HIV.
Problems surrounding AIDS education are unlikely to go away. Communities frequently disagree on sex education itself, and compromise is often difficult on such a divisive issue of values. As the experience of the Clinton administration suggested, Washington, D.C., could easily exacerbate an already contentious area, with policy coordinators becoming lightning rods for criticism. On the matter of what to say to kids about AIDS, poll data have been misleading. U.S. citizens are of three minds: say a lot, say a little, and do not say what the other side thinks.
WHO is a cosponsor of the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS). Within UNAIDS, WHO leads activities on HIV treatment and care, HIV and tuberculosis co-infection, and jointly coordinates with UNICEF the work on the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is one of the most intriguing and challenging viruses to have existed. Evidence suggests that HIV first originated in Africa around 1920–30 as a result of cross-species infections of humans by simian (ape and monkey) viruses. The United States became aware of the disease that HIV causes, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), in 1981, and the virus was first identified 2 years later. HIV infects helper CD4 T cells of the immune system, causing their gradual decline in numbers. Scientifically, HIV is an enigmatic challenge that is being deciphered, molecule by molecule, in the search for a vaccine or cure. Sociologically, HIV began as a disease that caused fear and stigma but is now no longer a death sentence, manageable for years with antiviral medications. However, around 1.5 million people worldwide die each year of HIV/AIDS, making it the sixth most-common cause of death in the world.
The Centers for Disease Control reported cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and Kaposi’s sarcoma in otherwise healthy young male homosexuals in 1981. Until then, pneumocystis carinii was mainly known to occur in immunodepressed patients after organ transplants or suffering from congenital immunodeficiencies. Soon thereafter, the same condition was seen in IV drug abusers, haemophilliacs and babies of IV drug abusing mothers. These patients had profound immunosuppression due to the depletion of T4 helper lymphocytes and the name ‘acquired immunodeficiency’ was coined for this syndrome. Epidemiological studies have now established that the disease is infectious and can be transmitted by sexual intercourse, blood or blood products. The lymphocytes of patients died early, creating a difficulty in isolating the virus. Montagnier and Gallo eventually isolated the virus in 1984 and HIV-2 was isolated in 1986 from West Africa. HIV-1 and HIV-2 do not cross-react serologically with each other in screening tests. (sources: Avert, Virology-Online)
Despite generally high levels of awareness of the risks for HIV acquisition, in 2012 an estimated 34% of adults were diagnosed with a CD4 cell count ≤200 per mm3 within three months of diagnosis. The percentage diagnosed with CD4 cell counts ≤350 per mm3 (the threshold at which treatment should be considered according to 2008 British HIV Association guidelines) was 34%.
There is less information on the effectiveness of PEP for people exposed via sexual activity or intravenous drug use — however, if you believe you have been exposed, you should discuss the possibility with a knowledgeable specialist (check local AIDS organizations for the latest information) as soon as possible. All rape victims should be offered PEP and should consider its potential risks and benefits in their particular case.
Another, less well-understood prognostic factor is the level of immune activation as determined by evaluating the expression of activation markers on CD4 and CD8 lymphocytes. Activation, which may be caused by leakage of bacteria across the HIV-damaged colonic mucosa, is a strong prognostic predictor but is not used clinically because this test is not widely available and antiretroviral therapy changes the prognosis, making this test less important.
Guttmacher Institute. An overview of minors’ consent law. State Policies in Brief. New York (NY): GI; 2013. Available at: http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_OMCL.pdf. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
51% of infections in the UK in 2012 occurred through sex between men and this group remains at greatest risk.There has been no evidence in recent years of a decline in the numbers of new infections in this group and over 3,250 new diagnoses of HIV occurred in 2012.
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By interviewing nationally representative samples of adults in 1997 and 1999, researchers were able to estimate the prevalence of stigmatizing opinions and wrongly held beliefs about HIV and AIDS among the American public.
There is no cure for HIV infection. However, effective antiretroviral (ARV) drugs can control the virus and help prevent transmission so that people with HIV, and those at substantial risk, can enjoy healthy, long and productive lives.
(Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) An immunological disorder in which the body’s immune response system becomes defective, leaving the sufferer open to opportunistic infections and some forms of cancer, such as Kaposi’s sarcoma. It is caused by infection with the HIV virus, transmitted mainly through sexual intercourse or infected blood products.
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The recent report of the so-called “Berlin patient” has stimulated a great deal of interest. This HIV-infected man had leukemia, which was treated with a bone marrow transplant. His health care providers were able to identify a tissue-matched donor who happened to be one of the rare individuals who carried a genetic defect resulting in the lack of CCR5 on the surface of their cells. CCR5 is required for certain types of HIV to enter the cells, and these unique individuals are relatively resistant to infection. After the bone marrow transplant, the patient was able to stop antiretroviral therapy and for years has not had detectable HIV in his body. It is worth noting that this individual experienced far more than the engraftment of unique bone marrow. He underwent intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatment to destroy most immune cells in the body, as well as graft-versus-host disease, which could also further destroy residual HIV-infected cells. Together these events could have markedly reduced the reservoir of virus that persists in the body of all infected individuals, which could have facilitated the purported “cure” or set the stage for the ultimate success associated with the engraftment of the unique bone marrow. There was recently excitement about two individuals who underwent so-called “stem cell transplants” but without the unique donor that was used by the Berlin patient. While virus remained at very low levels in these individuals while on therapy, at three and eight months after treatment interruption, HIV came storming back. Consequently, the experience with the Berlin patient has not yet been replicated and, even if it is, will not be an option for most people. First, bone marrow transplants are associated with very high risk of illness and death, and second, very few patients who need a bone marrow transplant for any reason are likely to find a tissue-matched donor who carries this rare genetic mutation. However, research is pursuing the potential role each part of this individual’s treatment may have had on the successful control of HIV off therapy, as well as working on ways to genetically engineer an individual’s own blood CD4 cells or stem cells to not have the CCR5 molecule. While this research is in the very early stages of development, it certainly provides hope for the future of research related to HIV eradication and/or cure.
Illness may not occur for months or years after untreated HIV infection. Without treatment, most adults will develop severe disease within 10 years of infection. Treatment of HIV with drug therapy has become much more effective in the past few years, prolonging life and increasing quality of life in people with HIV.
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