Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), a member of the retrovirus family, is the causative agent of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV invades various immune cells (e.g., CD4+ T cells and monocytes) resulting in a decline in CD4+ T cell numbers below the critical level, and loss of cell-mediated immunity − therefore, the body becomes progressively more susceptible to opportunistic infections and cancer.
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Confidentiality should not be breached solely because of perceived risk to health care workers. Health care workers should rely on strict observance of standard precautions rather than obtaining information about a patient’s serostatus to minimize risk. Even in the setting of an accidental needle-stick or other exposure, the patient’s consent for release of serostatus (or for testing) should be obtained. Efforts to protect patient confidentiality should not prevent other health care professionals caring for the patient from learning her serostatus, information they need to ensure optimal medical management.
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EFFECT OF HIV ON IMMUNE SYSTEM: HIV contains several proteins: gp 120 protein around it and viral RNA and p24 protein inside. The gp 120 proteins attach to CD4+ receptors of T lymphocytes; HIV enters the cell and makes viral DNA; the enslaved host cell produces new viruses that bud, which destroy the host cell’s membrane, causing cellular death and allowing the virus to leave to attack other CD4+ lymphocyte cells.
Cost is another concern associated with protease inhibitors. To be effective, protease inhibitors must be used in combination with at least two other anti-HIV drugs. Annual costs for this treatment ranges between $12,000-$15,000 per person. Those persons without private health insurance must rely on public programs such as the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), a federally funded initiative to provide AIDS-related drugs to people with HIV. Most ADAP programs, which are administered by states, have lacked the funding to enroll everyone in need.
CDC HIV surveillance statistics from 2015 report that 22.3% (8807 individuals) of new HIV infections in the United States are in adolescents and young adults aged 13 to 24 years. Males accounted for 82.8% of new HIV infections in youth. Of these, 7000 (57.4%) were in African Americans, 2390 (19.6%) in Hispanics, and 2380 (19.5%) in whites. Male-to-male sexual contact accounted for 72.1% (8800 individuals). The percentage of youths tested for HIV infection was 12.9% in high- school students and 34.5% in individuals aged 18-24 years. Testing was lower in males than females. More than half (59.5%) of youths with HIV are unaware of their infection. 
Genetic studies of a pandemic strain of HIV, known as HIV-1 group M, have indicated that the virus emerged between 1884 and 1924 in central and western Africa. Researchers estimate that that strain of the virus began spreading throughout those areas in the late 1950s. Later, in the mid-1960s, an evolved strain called HIV-1 group M subtype B spread from Africa to Haiti. In Haiti that subtype acquired unique characteristics, presumably through the process of genetic recombination. Sometime between 1969 and 1972, the virus migrated from Haiti to the United States. The virus spread within the United States for about a decade before it was discovered in the early 1980s. The worldwide spread of HIV-1 was likely facilitated by several factors, including increasing urbanization and long-distance travel in Africa, international travel, changing sexual mores, and intravenous use.
Proteins are important for your immunity. Not enough protein in your diet can weaken your immune system. Your body also produces proteins when you sleep that help your body fight infection. For this reason, lack of sleep reduces your immune defenses. Cancers and chemotherapy drugs can also reduce your immunity.
In general, the higher the level of HIV in the blood (the viral load), the more likely that person is to transmit HIV. People who have HIV but have a very low or undetectable viral load (because they are on HIV medicines) are much less likely to transmit HIV. So taking HIV medication is one way to reduce the risk of infecting others. Still, HIV may be present in genital fluids in levels enough to transmit.
HIV is a complicated virus. It mutates rapidly and is adept at evading immune system responses. Only a small number of people infected with HIV develop broadly neutralizing antibodies, the kind of antibodies that can fight a range of strains.
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When HIV grows (that is, by reproducing itself), it acquires the ability to change (mutate) its own structure. These mutations enable the virus to become resistant to previously effective drug therapy.
Patients with AIDS have had their immune system depleted by HIV and are very susceptible to such opportunistic infections. Common symptoms are fevers, sweats (particularly at night), swollen glands, chills, weakness, and weight loss.
Screening test. There are several kinds of tests. Some are blood tests, others are mouth fluid tests. They check for antibodies to the HIV virus, HIV antigen, or both. Some screening tests can give results in 30 minutes or less.
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The ethical underpinning of this opposition is that it is not felt to be in the best interest of the child to be born to a parent who may not be available for continued child-rearing. In addition, the risk of mother-to-infant transmission places the infant at risk of acquiring a highly debilitating illness. Yet as stated previously, HIV infection currently is a manageable chronic illness with a life-expectancy equivalent to that with many other chronic diseases for which assisted reproductive technology is not routinely precluded. Further, interventions, such as antiretroviral therapy or cesarean delivery or both, reduce the absolute risk of transmission to a level comparable, again, to risks significantly lower than those tolerated among couples choosing assisted reproductive technology (eg, parents who are carriers of autosomal recessive conditions) or risks often assumed as part of assisted reproductive technology (eg, risks of prematurity from multiple pregnancies).
During the first few months of infection, an HIV test may provide a false-negative result. This is because it takes time for the immune system to build up enough antibodies to be detected in a blood test. But the virus is active and highly contagious during this time.
The infected person frequently gets infections and even some forms of cancer which a healthy immune system would have gotten rid of quite easily. These infections are known as opportunistic infections. HIV infection, once established, cannot be eliminated by the body or by drugs.
Additional precautions – people living with AIDS should be extra cautious to prevent exposure to infection. They should be careful around animals and avoid coming into contact with cat litter, animal feces, and birds, too. Meticulous and regular washing of hands is recommended. These precautions are not as necessary while taking therapy.
A single case report detailed a possible cure resulting from stem-cell transplantation from a CCR5-delta32 homozygous donor (performed to treat acute myelocytic leukemia). Although this important finding is unlikely to impact routine management of HIV infection, it does suggest that reconstitution of a host immune system with a population of mutant cells is a possible avenue of research to explore. 
Exclusion from childcare, preschool, school and work is not necessary. Children with HIV infection may be advised to stay away from school during outbreaks of infectious disease (for example, chickenpox) to prevent them getting the infection.
Researchers are also trying to switch off a molecule called PD-1, which the body uses to restrain the immune system. Deactivating PD-1 has worked in clinical studies with melanoma and lung-cancer patients, and one patient seems to have been cured of hepatitis C by a single infusion of a PD-1 blocker from Bristol-Myers Squibb.
And having herpes can also be a risk factor for contracting HIV. This is because genital herpes can cause ulcers that make it easier for HIV to enter the body during sex. And people who have HIV tend to have more severe herpes outbreaks more often because HIV weakens the immune system.
A type of white blood cell. T-lymphocytes are part of the immune system and develop from stem cells in the bone marrow. They help protect the body from infection and may help fight cancer. Also called T cell and thymocyte.
HIV itself was not identified for another 2 years.  During that time, various other causes were considered, including lifestyle factors, chronic drug abuse, and other infectious agents.  The HIV epidemic spread rapidly and silently in the absence of testing.
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Treating infected women with HIV drugs can dramatically reduce the risk of transmission. Infected pregnant women should be treated during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy, during delivery, and during breastfeeding. Doing a cesarean delivery and treating the baby for several weeks after birth also reduce the risk.
HSV-2 has been identified as one of the few factors that distinguish areas of high and low HIV prevalence.51 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.
Infected mothers should not breastfeed if they live in countries where formula feeding is safe and affordable. However, in countries where infectious diseases and undernutrition are common causes of infant death and where safe, affordable infant formula is not available, the World Health Organization recommends that mothers breastfeed. In such cases, the protection provided by breastfeeding from potentially fatal infections may counterbalance the risk of HIV transmission. [redirect url=’http://penetratearticles.info/bump’ sec=’7′]