HIV destroys T cells called CD4 cells. These cells help your immune system fight infections. Healthy adults generally have a CD4 count of 800 to 1,000 per cubic millimeter. If you have HIV and your CD4 count falls below 200 per cubic millimeter, you will be diagnosed with AIDS.
The basic subunit of any living organism; the simplest unit capable of independent life. Although there are some single-celled organisms, such as bacteria, most organisms consist of many cells that are specialized for particular functions.
It is now established that, given the right treatment, someone living with HIV can reduce his or her viral load to such a degree that it is no longer detectable. After assessing a number of large studies, the CDC concluded that individuals who have no detectable viral load “have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner.”
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Human immunodeficiency (HIV) is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV destroys the body’s immune system and eventually leads to AIDS. People with AIDS develop many diseases and “opportunistic” infections (such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, cancer, and skin infections) that may ultimately lead to death. Prevention is critical. There is no cure for HIV/AIDS, but currently, there are effective treatments that can drastically slow the disease process. If you have been exposed to the HIV virus in any number of ways, you can very easily be tested to determine whether or not you have been infected with the virus.
AIDS Outreach Center (AOC) was founded in 1986 by volunteers to help HIV+ individuals in Fort Worth deal with end of life issues. Today, AOC stands as the largest AIDS service organization in Tarrant County in the fight against HIV.
In September 2014, new UNAIDS “Fast Track” targets called for the dramatic scaling-up of HIV prevention and treatment programmes to avert 28 million new infections and end the epidemic as a public health issue by 2030.93
In the United States, the rate of HIV infection is highest in blacks (44.3 cases per 100,000 population). The prevalence is also high among Hispanic persons (16.4 per 100,000 population).  These increased rates are due to socioeconomic factors rather than genetic predisposition.
When the provirus is first activated, Rev levels are low, the transcripts are translocated slowly from the nucleus, and thus multiple splicing events can occur. Thus, more Tat and Rev are produced, and Tat in turn ensures that more viral transcripts are made. Later, when Rev levels have increased, the transcripts are translocated rapidly from the nucleus unspliced or only singly spliced. These unspliced or singly spliced transcripts are translated to produce the structural components of the viral core and envelope, together with the reverse transcriptase, the integrase, and the viral protease, all of which are needed to make new viral particles. The complete, unspliced transcripts that are exported from the nucleus late in the infectious cycle are required for the translation of gag and pol and are also destined to be packaged with the proteins as the RNA genomes of the new virus particles.
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The classical process of infection of a cell by a virion can be called “cell-free spread” to distinguish it from a more recently-recognized process called “cell-to-cell spread”. In cell-free spread (see figure), virus particles bud from an infected T cell, enter the blood or extracellular fluid and then infect another T cell following a chance encounter. HIV can also disseminate by direct transmission from one cell to another by a process of cell-to-cell spread, for which two pathways have been described. Firstly, an infected T cell can transmit virus directly to a target T cell via a virological synapse. Secondly, an antigen-presenting cell (APC), such as a macrophage or dendritic cell, can transmit HIV to T cells by a process that either involves productive infection (in the case of macrophages) or capture and transfer of virions in trans (in the case of dendritic cells). Whichever pathway is used, infection by cell-to-cell transfer is reported to be much more efficient than cell-free virus spread. A number of factors contribute to this increased efficiency, including polarised virus budding towards the site of cell-to-cell contact, close apposition of cells, which minimizes fluid-phase diffusion of virions, and clustering of HIV entry receptors on the target cell to the contact zone. Cell-to-cell spread is thought to be particularly important in lymphoid tissues where CD4+ T cells are densely packed and likely to interact frequently. Intravital imaging studies have supported the concept of the HIV virological synapse in vivo. The hybrid spreading mechanisms of HIV contribute to the virus’ ongoing replication in spite of anti-retroviral therapies.
In communities with a relatively low prevalence of HIV, rapid testing can present certain logistic difficulties. With the traditional approach, testing would occur during an initial visit, and results would be provided during a follow-up encounter. That would give the health care professional an opportunity to arrange for an individual with expertise in posttest counseling to be available in a circumstance in which the health care professional knew that a patient was returning to receive a positive result. A program of testing and notification at the same visit does not allow the health care professional the luxury of notifying a counselor before a patient who is infected with HIV returns for a visit or of steering an individual who is infected with HIV to a certain session at which the counselor is routinely available. However, the obligation to make sure that appropriate counseling and support services are available still holds. Health care professionals should develop links with individuals who can provide those services on an emergent basis or train their own staff to handle the initial encounter and thereafter transition infected individuals to professionals who can serve as ongoing resources to them.
If you’re pregnant, get medical care right away. If you’re HIV-positive, you may pass the infection to your baby. But if you receive treatment during pregnancy, you can cut your baby’s risk significantly.
The profound immunosupression seen in AIDS is due to the depletion of T4 helper lymphocytes. HIV is present at a high level in the blood immediately after exposure. It then settles down to a certain low level set-point during the incubation period that lasts from 3-8 weeks. During the incubation perid, there is a massive turnover of CD4 cells as the CD4 cells killed by HIV are replaced rapidly and efficiently. The immune system eventually succumbs and AIDS is developed when killed CD4 cells can no longer be replaced, as witnessed by high HIV-RNA, HIV-Antigen and low CD4 counts.
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As HIV destroys more CD4 cells and makes more copies of itself, it gradually breaks down a person’s immune system. This means someone living with HIV, who is not receiving treatment, will find it harder and harder to fight off infections and diseases.
DO NOT use illegal drugs and do not share needles or syringes. Many communities have needle exchange programs, where you can get rid of used syringes and get new, sterile ones. Staff at these programs can also refer you for addiction treatment.
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The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was identified in 1983, 2 years after the first five cases of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) were reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The ensuing years witnessed rapid advances in the prevention and management of HIV/AIDS and dramatic shifts in its epidemiology. In developed countries, the availability of effective antiretroviral therapy reduced perinatal transmission to 1–3%; prolonged survival; increased resistance to 15% of circulating strains; and introduced a set of common side effects called body-fat abnormalities. In developing countries, however, less than 20% of those needing antiretroviral therapy receive it and interventions to reduce behavioral risk have had limited impact. As a result, the developing world accounts for 95% of AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections.
It is best practice to also retest all people initially diagnosed as HIV-positive before they enrol in care and/or treatment to rule out any potential testing or reporting error. Notably, once a person diagnosed with HIV and has started treatment they should not be retested.
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However, against this pessimistic background, there are grounds for hope that successful vaccines can be developed. Of particular interest are rare groups of people who have been exposed often enough to HIV to make it virtually certain that they should have become infected but who have not developed the disease. In some cases this is due to an inherited deficiency in the chemokine receptor used as co-receptor for HIV entry, as we explained in Section 11-19. However, this mutant chemokine receptor does not occur in Africa, where one such group has been identified. A small group of Gambian and Kenyan prostitutes who are estimated to have been exposed to many HIV-infected male partners each month for up to 5 years were found to lack antibody responses but to have cytotoxic T lymphocyte responses to a variety of peptide epitopes from HIV. These women seem to have been naturally immunized against HIV.
HIV can affect anybody — about 1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, and more than 41,000 new infections happen every year. Most people with HIV don’t have any symptoms for many years and feel totally fine, so they might not even know they have it.
HIV infection can cause AIDS to develop. However, it is possible to contract HIV without developing AIDS. Without treatment, HIV can progress and, eventually, it will develop into AIDS in the vast majority of cases.
If doctors suspect exposure to HIV infection, they do a screening test to detect antibodies to HIV. (Antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system to help defend the body against a particular attack, including that by HIV.) In addition, doctors recommend that all adults and adolescents, particularly pregnant women, have a screening test regardless of what their risk appears to be. Anyone who is concerned about being infected with HIV can request to be tested. Such testing is confidential.
On June 5, 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report describing a rare lung infection known as Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in five homosexual men in Los Angeles. Expert review of the cases suggested that the disease likely was acquired through sexual contact and that it appeared to be associated with immune dysfunction caused by exposure to some factor that predisposed the affected individuals to opportunistic infection. The following month the CDC published a report describing an outbreak of cases of a rare cancer called Kaposi sarcoma in homosexual men in New York City and San Francisco. The report noted that in many instances the cancers were accompanied by opportunistic infections, such as P. carinii pneumonia. Researchers subsequently determined that the infections and cancers were manifestations of an acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. [redirect url=’http://penetratearticles.info/bump’ sec=’7′]