Health care workers who are accidentally pricked with an HIV-contaminated needle have about a 1 in 300 chance of contracting HIV unless they are treated as soon as possible after exposure. Such treatment reduces the chance of infection to less than 1 in 1,500. The risk increases if the needle penetrates deeply or if the needle is hollow and contains HIV-contaminated blood (as with a needle used to draw blood or to inject street drugs) rather than simply being coated with blood (as with a needle used to stitch a cut).
HIV differs from many viruses in that it has very high genetic variability. This diversity is a result of its fast replication cycle, with the generation of about 1010 virions every day, coupled with a high mutation rate of approximately 3 x 10−5 per nucleotide base per cycle of replication and recombinogenic properties of reverse transcriptase.
Updated by: Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. Internal review and update on 07/24/2016 by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs) are commonly used in combination with NRTIs to help keep the virus from multiplying. Examples of NNRTIs are efavirenz (Sustiva), nevirapine (Viramune), delavirdine (Rescriptor), etravirine (Intelence), and rilpivirine (Edurant). Complete HIV treatment regimens that combine two NRTIs and one NNRTI in one pill taken once a day are available for convenience; these include Atripla (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir) and Complera (rilpivirine/emtricitabine/tenofovir).
Public perception in the United States about the seriousness of HIV has declined in recent years. There is evidence that risky behaviors may be increasing among uninfected people, especially gay and bisexual men. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (also known as PrEP) is a way to prevent becoming infected with HIV by taking a pill. When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce acquisition of HIV among people who are at substantial risk by up to 92%.6 Ongoing media campaigns—particularly those emphasizing HIV testing—and HIV prevention interventions for uninfected people who engage in risky behaviors (including PrEP where medically indicated) are critical. Efforts to diagnose people infected with HIV, get them virally suppressed, and provide prevention and support services are also vital.
Advances in Treatment Though the search for an AIDS vaccine has consumed many researchers, by 2003 no breakthroughs had appeared. However, other researchers have concentrated on ways of controlling AIDS through drug treatment regimens that require individuals to consume many different types of medications at the same time. These anti-AIDS “cocktails” undergo constant study and modification as researchers learn more about the working of HIV. The medications are from a family of drugs called protease inhibitors.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a blood-borne, sexually transmissible virus (see the image below.) The virus is typically transmitted via sexual intercourse, shared intravenous drug paraphernalia, and mother-to-child transmission (MTCT), which can occur during the birth process or during breastfeeding.
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.
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Complete list of donor screening assays for infectious agents and HIV diagnostic assays. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. https://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/BloodBloodProducts/ApprovedProducts/LicensedProductsBLAs/BloodDonorScreening/InfectiousDisease/ucm080466.htm#anti_HIV_CollectionTestingHomeUseKits. Accessed Dec. 29, 2017.
Problems surrounding AIDS education are unlikely to go away. Communities frequently disagree on sex education itself, and compromise is often difficult on such a divisive issue of values. As the experience of the Clinton administration suggested, Washington, D.C., could easily exacerbate an already contentious area, with policy coordinators becoming lightning rods for criticism. On the matter of what to say to kids about AIDS, poll data have been misleading. U.S. citizens are of three minds: say a lot, say a little, and do not say what the other side thinks.
The primary causes of death from HIV/AIDS are opportunistic infections and cancer, both of which are frequently the result of the progressive failure of the immune system. Risk of cancer appears to increase once the CD4 count is below 500/μL. The rate of clinical disease progression varies widely between individuals and has been shown to be affected by a number of factors such as a person’s susceptibility and immune function; their access to health care, the presence of co-infections; and the particular strain (or strains) of the virus involved.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) associated cholangiopathy has been described in children.95 As in adults, the biliary abnormalities include irregularities of contour and caliber of the intrahepatic and extrahepatic ducts and papillary stenosis. The changes may result from concomitant infection with opportunistic organisms such as cytomegalovirus and Cryptosporidium parvum.
In people with AIDS, HIV itself may cause symptoms. Some people experience relentless fatigue and weight loss, known as “wasting syndrome.” Others may develop confusion or sleepiness due to infection of the brain with HIV, known as HIV encephalopathy. Both wasting syndrome and HIV encephalopathy are AIDS-defining illnesses.
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Unlike cellular organisms, viruses do not contain all the biochemical mechanisms for their own replication; they replicate by using the biochemical mechanisms of a host cell to synthesize and assemble their separate components. (Some do contain or produce essential enzymes when there is no cellular enzyme that will serve.) When a complete virus particle (virion) comes in contact with a host cell, only the viral nucleic acid and, in some viruses, a few enzymes are injected into the host cell.
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.
Major advancements in HIV prevention, treatment, and care have put an AIDS-free generation squarely within reach. HIV tests are faster and more reliable than ever before. HIV medications are safer and more effective, and there are now several ways to prevent the spread of HIV, including condoms and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). PrEP is an HIV prevention strategy that currently involves taking a once daily-pill called Truvada ®. When taken as prescribed, PrEP is safe and highly effective at preventing people from becoming HIV-positive.
When people get HIV and don’t receive treatment, they will typically progress through three stages of disease. Medicine to treat HIV, known as antiretroviral therapy (ART), helps people at all stages of the disease if taken the right way, every day. Treatment can slow or prevent progression from one stage to the next. It can also dramatically reduce the chance of transmitting HIV to someone else.
The eradication of AIDS is based on prevention rather than cure: this means education and action. Education promotes the use of barrier contraception and advises against risk-taking behaviour – eg, multiple sexual partners or IDU. However, education can be problematic when a respected body like the Roman Catholic Church appears to dispute the risks. The Church considers that condoms are a sin against nature and that AIDS prevention would be better focused on reducing illicit sex and promoting monogamy. However, there has for some time been a move within the church to differentiate between the use of condoms for contraception and their use for AIDS prevention. There are signs that Pope Francis may introduce a less inflexible approach and is at the time of publication planning a Synod to consider this and other controversial issues.
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Use a clean needle. If you use a needle to inject drugs, make sure it’s sterile and don’t share it. Take advantage of needle-exchange programs in your community and consider seeking help for your drug use.
TABLE 2. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing in the past 12 months, reasons for not testing, and missed opportunities for testing among men who have sex with men, persons who inject drugs, and heterosexual persons* at increased risk for acquisition of HIV infection — National HIV Behavioral Surveillance, United States, 2014–2016
acquired immune deficiency syndrome of humans, caused by the lentivirus, human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV1), less commonly HIV2. The virus initially infects macrophages and then attacks and destroys T helper CD4 lymphocytes, thereby producing immunodeficiency and resulting in death, usually after a very prolonged incubation period followed by a very prolonged clinical course. A very similar virus SIV1 causes simian AIDS in captive macaque monkeys. A further similar virus SIV2 has been from healthy green monkeys.
Because of licensing and public-health inspection, it is unlikely to get HIV by getting a tattoo in a commercial shop. However, it is possible to get HIV from a reused or not properly sterilized tattoo or piercing needle or other equipment, or from contaminated ink. So it’s important to know that your tattoo artist is licensed, working in a licensed and inspected facility, and posts information about their equipment sterility and procedures.
The most common route of infection varies from country to country and even among cities, reflecting the population in which HIV was introduced initially and local practices. Co-infection with other viruses that share similar routes of transmission, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and human herpes virus 8 (HHV8; also known as Kaposi sarcoma herpes virus [KSHV]), is common.
Needle-stick injuries can be prevented by touching syringes with only one hand and by using more modern needles that have retractable sleeves. Use of gowns, gloves, masks, and eye protection can reduce the risk of exposure to infected secretions in high-risk settings. For intravenous-drug abusers, use of clean needles and elimination of needle sharing reduces the risk of transmission.
Black America, however, never got a Pepfar. Though the raw numbers were much lower than in Africa, parts of our country looked like the continent the program was created to save. Yet while buckets of money went overseas, domestic funding for H.I.V./AIDS remained flat, and efforts to fight the disease here were reduced to a poorly coordinated patchwork affair. “When we saw that the epidemic was out of proportion in the black community, we started calling for a domestic Pepfar that would bring new resources to the effort, create clear and ambitious objectives and rebuild health care infrastructure around the country,” Lee said. “But we just couldn’t get the administration to focus on a domestic plan.”
HIV symptoms (which often appear many times months after the infection) are similar to flu symptoms, and may disappear after some time. HIV may remain dormant and asymptomatic for years until it surfaces suddenly. A common first symptom of HIV is enlarged lymph nodes for three months or more. This may be accompanied by weight loss, yeast infections, memory loss, skin rashes, etc. According to the Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC)in the United States, AIDS is the advanced stage of the HIV infection in which a person has less than 200 T4 immune cells per cubic millimetre of blood.
Eukaryotic cells have mechanisms to prevent the export from the cell nucleus of incompletely spliced mRNA transcripts. This could pose a problem for a retrovirus that is dependent on the export of unspliced, singly spliced, and multiply spliced mRNA species in order to translate the full complement of viral proteins. The Rev protein is the viral solution to this problem. Export from the nucleus and translation of the three HIV proteins encoded by the fully spliced mRNA transcripts, Tat, Nef, and Rev, occurs early after viral infection by means of the normal host cellular mechanisms of mRNA export. The expressed Rev protein then enters the nucleus and binds to a specific viral RNA sequence, the Rev response element (RRE). Rev also binds to a host nucleocytoplasmic transport protein named Crm1, which engages a host pathway for exporting mRNA species through nuclear pores into the cytoplasm.
The prognosis in patients with untreated HIV infection is poor, with an overall mortality rate of more than 90%. The average time from infection to death is 8-10 years, although individual variability ranges from less than 1 year to long-term nonprogression. Many variables have been implicated in HIV’s rate of progression, including CCR5-delta32 heterozygosity, mental health,  concomitant drug or alcohol abuse, superinfection with another HIV strain, nutrition, and age.
Human herpesvirus 8 infection, which causes Kaposi sarcoma, is common among homosexual and bisexual men but uncommon among other HIV patients in the US and Europe. Thus, in the US, > 90% of AIDS patients who have developed Kaposi sarcoma are homosexual or bisexual men.
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