Two blood tests are routinely used to monitor HIV-infected people. One of these tests, which counts the number of CD4 cells, assesses the status of the immune system. The other test, which determines the so-called viral load, directly measures the amount of virus in the blood.
The second phase of HIV infection, the asymptomatic period, lasts an average of 10 years. During that period the virus continues to replicate, and there is a slow decrease in the CD4 count (the number of helper T cells). When the CD4 count falls to about 200 cells per microlitre of blood (in an uninfected adult it is typically about 1,000 cells per microlitre), patients begin to experience opportunistic infections—i.e., infections that arise only in individuals with a defective immune system. That is AIDS, the final stage of HIV infection. The most-common opportunistic infections are Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, tuberculosis, Mycobacterium avium infection, herpes simplex infection, bacterial pneumonia, toxoplasmosis, and cytomegalovirus infection. In addition, patients can develop dementia and certain cancers, including Kaposi sarcoma and lymphomas. Death ultimately results from the relentless attack of opportunistic pathogens or from the body’s inability to fight off malignancies.
Personal risks to the individual whose confidence is breached, such as serious implications for the patient’s relationship with family and friends, the threat of discrimination in employment and housing, intimate partner violence, and the impact on family members
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA): This screening test is often used to detect HIV antibodies. For this test, a sample of blood is sent to a laboratory to be analyzed. This test requires complex equipment and waiting for laboratory results
Understanding the risk of body tattooing or any body piercing. The risk of being infected with HIV through these practices is lower than for hepatitis B or hepatitis C, but there is still a risk if there is use of unsterile equipment or re-used dyes.
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These are standard doses for average-sized adults, and dosing may vary depending upon the weight of a patient. Certain combinations of drugs in this class should generally be avoided, including d4T with ZDV or ddI, 3TC with FTC, and TDF with ddI.
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Italian Infezione da virus dell’immunodeficienza umana, Malattia da virus dell’immunodeficienza umana, Infezione da virus dell’immunodeficienza umana, NAS, Infezione da virus dell’immunodeficienza (HIV), non specificata, Virus dell’immunodeficienza umana (HIV), sindrome, Infezioni da virus di tipo III T-linfotropo umano, Infezioni da HTLV-III-LAV, Infezioni da HTLV-III, Infezioni da HIV
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