HIV-associated neurologic syndromes can be differentiated via lumbar puncture with CSF analysis and contrast-enhanced CT or MRI (see Table: Common Manifestations of HIV Infection by Organ System and elsewhere in The Manual).
Human herpesvirus 8 infection, which causes Kaposi sarcoma, is common among homosexual and bisexual men but uncommon among other HIV patients in the US and Europe. Thus, in the US, > 90% of AIDS patients who have developed Kaposi sarcoma are homosexual or bisexual men.
In 1983, two separate research groups led by Robert Gallo and Luc Montagnier declared that a novel retrovirus may have been infecting people with AIDS, and published their findings in the same issue of the journal Science. Gallo claimed that a virus his group had isolated from a person with AIDS was strikingly similar in shape to other human T-lymphotropic viruses (HTLVs) his group had been the first to isolate. Gallo’s group called their newly isolated virus HTLV-III. At the same time, Montagnier’s group isolated a virus from a person presenting with swelling of the lymph nodes of the neck and physical weakness, two characteristic symptoms of AIDS. Contradicting the report from Gallo’s group, Montagnier and his colleagues showed that core proteins of this virus were immunologically different from those of HTLV-I. Montagnier’s group named their isolated virus lymphadenopathy-associated virus (LAV). As these two viruses turned out to be the same, in 1986, LAV and HTLV-III were renamed HIV.
A disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and transmitted by sexual contact by blood spread on infected needles and other implements. AIDS is not a specifically homosexual disorder. Rather it is a disease of sexually promiscuous populations that harbour large numbers of HIV. The virus attacks a particular group of white cells of the immune system (helper T lymphocytes) causing a severe reduction in the ability of the body to resist infection and certain forms of cancer. The resulting recurrent infections, often with organisms not normally causing disease (opportunistic infectors), can usually be treated, but, to date, no wholly effective treatment for the underlying HIV infection has been developed. Combinations of drugs, including protease inhibitors, reverse transcriptase inhibitors, fusion inhibitors and DNA polymerase inhibitors, can, however, greatly prolong life and have virtually converted AIDS from an inevitably fatal, to a potentially serious chronic disease. The condition may involve many different disorders including a form of pneumonia caused by Pneumocystis carinii , CYTOMEGALOVIRUS infections, widespread herpes simplex infections, widespread thrush (CANDIDIASIS), KAPOSI’S SARCOMA and other malignancies, and brain damage from direct infection of neurons by HIV. The presence of the AIDS virus can be detected by the ELISA and other tests.
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Definition (CSP) any state of infection accompanied by evidence of HIV in the body (positive test for HIV genome, cDNA, proteins, antigens, or antibodies); may be medically asymptomatic or symptomatic; use AIDS when appropriate.
In 1981, cases of a rare lung infection called Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) were found in five young, previously healthy gay men in Los Angeles.2 At the same time, there were reports of a group of men in New York and California with an unusually aggressive cancer named Kaposi’s Sarcoma.3
No effective cure currently exists, but with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. The medicine used to treat HIV is called antiretroviral therapy or ART. If taken the right way, every day, this medicine can dramatically prolong the lives of many people infected with HIV, keep them healthy, and greatly lower their chance of infecting others. Before the introduction of ART in the mid-1990s, people with HIV could progress to AIDS in just a few years. Today, someone diagnosed with HIV and treated before the disease is far advanced can live nearly as long as someone who does not have HIV.
AIDS-related symptoms also includes serious weight loss, brain tumors, and other health problems. Without treatment, these opportunistic infections can kill you. The official (technical) CDC definition of AIDS is available at http://www.thebody.com/content/art14002.html
Recently, the CDC changed testing recommendations. All adults should be screened at least once. People who are considered high risk (needle drug users, multiple sex partners, for example) should be tested more often. All pregnant women should be tested. Anyone who has sustained a needle stick or significant blood exposure from a person known to have HIV or from an unknown source should be tested, too.
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