The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) originated in Africa in the first half of the 20th century from the cross-species infection of humans by simian immunodeficiency viruses. HIV is most often transmitted during vaginal or anal sex, through blood, or perinatally from mother to child. HIV is a retrovirus that permanently integrates into the host genome of infected cells. Without antiretroviral therapy, HIV infection causes the gradual decline of CD4 T cells, eventually leading to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). People with AIDS are more likely to contract opportunistic infections and present with cancers caused by latent viruses. Worldwide, over 37 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, and 39 million people have died of the disease. Highly active antiretroviral therapy is effective at reducing virus replication and extending the lives of HIV-infected individuals. Despite scientific advancements and substantial efforts, no effective vaccine yet exists to prevent HIV infection.
One of the problems with finding a cure is that the virus can persist in cells throughout the body and potentially hide in areas that are difficult for drugs to reach, like the brain. New research is helping us understand how to effectively treat viruses in these secluded areas of the body. In addition, those infected cells that persist in the body are being studied to determine how they can be stimulated to produce virus and/or be targeted for clearance from the body by novel therapies.
Paradoxical IRIS typically occurs the first few months of treatment and usually resolves on its own. If it does not, corticosteroids, given for a short time, are often effective. Paradoxical IRIS is more likely to cause symptoms and symptoms are more likely to be severe when cART is started soon after treatment of an opportunistic infection is started. Thus, for some (but not all) opportunistic infections, cART is delayed until treatment of the opportunistic infection has reduced or eliminated the infection.
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.
Sexual intercourse when either partner has a genital herpes infection, syphilis, or another sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can cause sores or tears in the skin or inflammation of the genitals
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Since the first case was identified in 1981, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) has grown into an epidemic that has taken approximately 500,000 lives in the United States alone. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS estimates that at the end of 2002 there were 42 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. During 2002, AIDS caused the deaths of an estimated 3.1 million people. At this time, women were increasingly affected by AIDS; it was estimated that women comprised approximately 50 percent or 19.2 million of the 38.6 million adults living with HIV or AIDS worldwide. No cure has been found, although existing treatment employing multiple drugs has made some gains in prolonging life and reducing pain. Despite the limits of medical science, however, much is known about the disease. It is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Transmitted by bodily fluids from person to person, HIV invades certain key blood cells that are needed to fight off infections. HIV replicates, spreads, and destroys these host cells. When the body’s immune system becomes deficient, the person becomes AIDS-symptomatic, which means the person develops infections that the body can no longer ward off. Ultimately, a person with AIDS dies from diseases caused by other infections. The leading killer is a form of pneumonia.
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HIV/AIDS is diagnosed via laboratory testing and then staged based on the presence of certain signs or symptoms. HIV screening is recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force for all people 15 years to 65 years of age including all pregnant women. Additionally, testing is recommended for those at high risk, which includes anyone diagnosed with a sexually transmitted illness. In many areas of the world, a third of HIV carriers only discover they are infected at an advanced stage of the disease when AIDS or severe immunodeficiency has become apparent.
Definition (NCI_NCI-GLOSS) A disease caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). People with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome are at an increased risk for developing certain cancers and for infections that usually occur only in individuals with a weak immune system.
AIDS is the later stage of HIV infection, when the body is losing T cells and its ability to fight infections. Once the CD4 cell count falls low enough (under 500 cells/mL), an infected person is said to have AIDS or HIV disease. Sometimes, the diagnosis of AIDS is made because the person has unusual infections or cancers that signal how weak the immune system is.
As of 2009, it is estimated that there are 33.3 million people worldwide infected with HIV. The HIV pandemic is most severe in Sub-Saharan Africa. Over 60% of all people with HIV live in the region.
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