If a pregnant mother is exposed, screening is performed as normal. If HIV-2 is present, a number of perinatal ART drugs may be given as a prophylactic to lower the risk of mother-to-child transmission. After the child is born, a standard 6-week regimen of these prophylactics should be initiated. Breast milk may also contain particles of HIV-2; therefore, breastfeeding is strictly advised against.
After initial exposure to blood, the exposed area is immediately cleaned with soap and water for skin exposures and with antiseptic for puncture wounds. If mucous membranes are exposed, the area is flushed with large amounts of water.
A considerable amount of stigma has been attached to HIV infection, mostly because of the virus’s association with sexual acquisition and the inference of sexual promiscuity. Consequences of this stigma have included discrimination and reluctance to be tested for HIV infection. The stigma of HIV infection is also associated with a fear of acquiring a rapidly fatal infection from relatively casual contact.
A person can also get HIV by sharing needles. This means using a needle that has not been cleaned after someone else has used it. Some people who take illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine take these drugs by needle. Some of these people share needles. If one person has HIV and he shares his needles, he can give HIV to other people. But if people have clean needles or if they know how to clean needles, they do not get HIV as much.
HIV has been transmitted when organs (kidneys, livers, hearts, pancreases, bone, and skin) from infected donors were unknowingly used as transplants. HIV transmission is unlikely to occur when corneas or certain specially treated tissues (such as bone) are transplanted.
HSV-2 has been identified as one of the few factors that distinguish areas of high and low HIV HSV-2 seropositivity is associated with a threefold increase in the risk of HIV acquisition, and persons with both HIV and HSV-2 are more likely to transmit HIV. The proportion of HIV that is attributable to HSV-2 infection may increase over time and has been estimated to be as high as 35–48%.52,53 Efforts to reduce the risk of HIV transmission by treating HSV-2 have been disappointing.54 Given the strong epidemiologic association between HIV and HSV-2, however, further strategies to prevent HSV-2 transmission (e.g. introduction of an effective HSV-2 vaccine) should be explored.
The typical course of an infection with HIV is illustrated in Fig. 11.21. However, it has become increasingly clear that the course of the disease can vary widely. Thus, although most people infected with HIV go on to develop AIDS and ultimately to die of opportunistic infection or cancer, this is not true of all individuals. A small percentage of people seroconvert, making antibodies against many HIV proteins, but do not seem to have progressive disease, in that their CD4 T-cell counts and other measures of immune competence are maintained. These long-term nonprogressors have unusually low levels of circulating virus and are being studied intensively to determine how they are able to control their HIV infection. A second group consists of seronegative people who have been highly exposed to HIV yet remain disease-free and virus-negative. Some of these people have specific cytotoxic lymphocytes and TH1 lymphocytes directed against infected cells, which confirms that they have been exposed to HIV or possibly noninfectious HIV antigens. It is not clear whether this immune response accounts for clearing the infection, but it is a focus of considerable interest for the development and design of vaccines, which we will discuss later. There is a small group of people who are resistant to HIV infection because they carry mutations in a cell-surface receptor that is used as a co-receptor for viral entry, as we will see below.
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Unsafe medical injections play a significant role in HIV spread in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2007, between 12 and 17% of infections in this region were attributed to medical syringe use. The World Health Organization estimates the risk of transmission as a result of a medical injection in Africa at 1.2%. Significant risks are also associated with invasive procedures, assisted delivery, and dental care in this area of the world.
The specific details of the disease process that leads to AIDS are not fully understood despite considerable progress in the virology of HIV and the immunology of the human host, much of which has been driven by the urge to better understand AIDS. [23, 24, 25]
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MVC is typically dosed at either 300 mg or 150 mg twice daily, depending upon what other drugs it is given with. If the patient is taking any RTV, then they would usually receive the 150 mg dose. If RTV is not being used as part of the regimen, they would generally receive the 300 mg dose and sometimes even higher if it is being used with drugs like ETR. HIV providers are aware that whenever using any anti-HIV medications attention must be given to possible drug interactions.
A high-sensitivity enzyme-linked immunoabsorbent assay (ELISA) should be used for screening; a positive result should be followed with confirmatory testing (eg, Western blot assays or similar specific assay); HIV-2 should be tested for in patients from an HIV-2 endemic area or those with indeterminate results on HIV-1 Western blot testing; early detection using combination screens may be more effective than simply using serology
There is an emerging consensus that indications for assisted reproductive technology use should not vary with HIV serostatus; therefore, assisted reproductive technology should be offered to couples in which one or both partners are infected with HIV. This approach is consistent with the principles of respect for autonomy and beneficence (18, 19). In addition, those who advocate providing these services cite three clinical arguments to support their position:
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AIDS is a disease that can damage any of the body’s major organ systems because HIV destroys immune system cells. HIV attacks the body through three disease processes: immunodeficiency, autoimmunity, and nervous system dysfunction.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends opt-out HIV screening for patients in all health-care settings; persons at high risk for HIV infection should be screened at least annually 
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