Most individuals develop antibodies to HIV within 28 days of infection and therefore antibodies may not be detectable early, during the so-called window period. This early period of infection represents the time of greatest infectivity; however HIV transmission can occur during all stages of the infection.
By 30 June 2006, 25,703 people in Australia were infected with HIV, 9,827 had AIDS and 6,621 died as a result of HIV/AIDS. NSW had the highest number of deaths, followed by Vic, QLD, WA, SA, ACT, NT and TAS.
In June 2001, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly called for the creation of a “global fund” to support efforts by countries and organisations to combat the spread of HIV through prevention, treatment and care including buying medication.73
In April 1984, the National Cancer Institute announced they had found the cause of AIDS, the retrovirus HTLV-III. In a joint conference with the Pasteur Institute they announced that LAV and HTLV-III are identical and the likely cause of AIDS.22 A blood test was created to screen for the virus with the hope that a vaccine would be developed in two years.23
It takes about 8 to 10 years from initial infection and symptom manifestation to the development of AIDS. Once AIDS has developed, untreated disease results in death in about 20 months. Treatment with HAART can prolong life and delay disease progression, and improve quality of life.
vaccinia virus a species of orthopoxvirus that does not occur in nature and has been propagated for many years only in the laboratory for use as an active vaccine against smallpox. The present virus is derived from the original one used by Jenner, obtained from the lesions of cowpox, but the origin of the original virus remains unclear.
HIV is a preventable disease. Effective HIV prevention interventions have been proven to reduce HIV transmission. People who get tested for HIV and learn that they are infected can make significant behavior changes to improve their health and reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to their sex or drug-using partners. Recent scientific advances have demonstrated that early initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) not only preserves the health of people living with HIV but also reduces their risk of transmitting HIV to others by 93%.3
In contrast, when these strains infect species that have not adapted to SIV (“heterologous” or similar hosts such as rhesus or cynomologus macaques), the animals develop AIDS and the virus generates genetic diversity similar to what is seen in human HIV infection. Chimpanzee SIV (SIVcpz), the closest genetic relative of HIV-1, is associated with increased mortality and AIDS-like symptoms in its natural host. SIVcpz appears to have been transmitted relatively recently to chimpanzee and human populations, so their hosts have not yet adapted to the virus. This virus has also lost a function of the Nef gene that is present in most SIVs. For non-pathogenic SIV variants, Nef suppresses T cell activation through the CD3 marker. Nef’s function in non-pathogenic forms of SIV is to downregulate expression of inflammatory cytokines, MHC-1, and signals that affect T cell trafficking. In HIV-1 and SIVcpz, Nef does not inhibit T-cell activation and it has lost this function. Without this function, T cell depletion is more likely, leading to immunodeficiency.
TB, or tuberculosis, is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis that can affect anyone at any age. The bacteria usually attacks the lungs. Particular groups of individuals, however, are shown to be at a higher risk of acquiring the disease than others. These include HIV/AIDS patients, individuals in close contact with TB patients, diabetics, individuals with suppressed immune systems, foreign-born individuals in countries with high TB incidences, healthcare workers, alcoholics, and others. Symptoms of the disease include a persistent cough, fatigue, weight loss, fever, coughing blood, and sweating at night. When an infected individual coughs or sneezes, others nearby are at risk for breathing in the bacteria.
Improving access to quality health care for populations disproportionately affected by HIV, such as people of color and gay and bisexual men, is a fundamental public health strategy for HIV prevention. People getting care for HIV can receive:
Once HIV has entered the cell, it can replicate intracellularly and kill the cell in ways that are still not completely understood. In addition to killing some lymphocytes directly, the AIDS virus disrupts the functioning of the remaining immune system cells. Because the immune system cells are destroyed, a wide variety of infections and cancers can take advantage of a person’s weakened immune system (opportunistic infections/diseases).
For this strategy to work, however, one must be able to test people at risk of infection with HIV periodically, so that they can take the steps necessary to avoid passing the virus to others. This, in turn, requires strict confidentiality and mutual trust. A barrier to the control of HIV is the reluctance of individuals to find out whether they are infected, especially as one of the consequences of a positive HIV test is stigmatization by society. As a result, infected individuals can unwittingly infect many others. Balanced against this is the success of therapy with combinations of the new protease inhibitors and reverse transcriptase inhibitors, which provides an incentive for potentially infected people to identify the presence of infection and gain the benefits of treatment. Responsibility is at the heart of AIDS prevention, and a law guaranteeing the rights of people infected with HIV might go a long way to encouraging responsible behavior. The rights of HIV-infected people are protected in the Netherlands and Sweden. The problem in the less-developed nations, where elementary health precautions are extremely difficult to establish, is more profound.
In areas where heterosexual transmission is dominant, HIV infection follows routes of trade, transportation, and economic migration to cities and spreads secondarily to rural areas. In Africa, particularly southern Africa, the HIV epidemic has killed tens of millions of young adults, creating millions of orphans. Factors that perpetuate spread include
In the early days, the CDC did not have an official name for the disease, often referring to it by way of the diseases that were associated with it, for example, lymphadenopathy, the disease after which the discoverers of HIV originally named the virus. They also used Kaposi’s sarcoma and opportunistic infections, name by which a task force had been set up in 1981. At one point, the CDC coined the phrase “the 4H disease”, since the syndrome seemed to affect heroin users, homosexuals, hemophiliacs, and Haitians. In the general press, the term “GRID”, which stood for gay-related immune deficiency, had been coined. However, after determining that AIDS was not isolated to the gay community, it was realized that the term GRID was misleading and the term AIDS was introduced at a meeting in July 1982. By September 1982 the CDC started referring to the disease as AIDS.
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
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). [redirect url=’http://penetratearticles.info/bump’ sec=’7′]