If the CD4 count drops below 200 cells per microliter of blood, the antibiotic trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole is given to prevent Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia. This antibiotic also prevents toxoplasmosis, which can damage the brain.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection, the cause of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) has become a significant threat to global public health faster than any previous epidemic (Mann and Tarantola 1996). The genetic nature of HIV evades the development of a preventive vaccine and a cure for HIV infection remains a distant hope. HIV is transmitted through direct contact with HIV infected blood, semen, and vaginal secretions. Although HIV is transmitted during birth from mother-to-infant and through contaminated blood products the majority of AIDS cases in the world have resulted from HIV transmission between adults engaged in high-risk practices. Behavioral interventions therefore remain the most realistic means for curtailing the spread of HIV infection. Effective HIV risk reduction interventions target two principle behaviors: (a) sharing HIV contaminated drug injection equipment and (b) decreasing exposure to HIV infected semen, vaginal secretions, and sexually derived blood. Interventions to change injection equipment sharing and high-risk sexual practices can, therefore, dramatically effect the spread of HIV. In this article, factors associated with HIV transmission risks and interventions directed at reducing risks associated with injection drug use and sexual relations are examined.
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HIV-2 is much less pathogenic than HIV-1 and is restricted in its worldwide distribution to West Africa. The adoption of “accessory genes” by HIV-2 and its more promiscuous pattern of co-receptor usage (including CD4-independence) may assist the virus in its adaptation to avoid innate restriction factors present in host cells. Adaptation to use normal cellular machinery to enable transmission and productive infection has also aided the establishment of HIV-2 replication in humans. A survival strategy for any infectious agent is not to kill its host but ultimately become a commensal organism. Having achieved a low pathogenicity, over time, variants that are more successful at transmission will be selected.
Taking the drugs as directed for a life time is demanding. Some people skip doses or stop taking the drugs for a time (called a drug holiday). These practices are dangerous because they enable HIV to develop resistance to the drugs. Because taking HIV drugs irregularly often leads to drug resistance, health care practitioners try to make sure that people are both willing and able to adhere to the treatment regimen. To simplify the drug schedule and to help people take the drugs as directed, doctors often prescribe treatment that combines two or more drugs in one tablet that can be taken only once a day.
In the United States, the face of the HIV/AIDS epidemic has changed dramatically. Adolescents and young adults less than 25 years of age now account for half the new HIV infections reported annually to the CDC and for most perinatally acquired infections. As a result, strategies to prevent new infection and manage the long-term effects of past infection have focused increasingly on the second and third decades of life.
Shortly after primary infection, most HIV-positive individuals enter a period of many years where they have no symptoms at all. During this time, CD4 cells may gradually decline, and with this decline in the immune system, patients may develop the mild HIV symptoms and signs such as vaginal or oral candidiasis thrush (a fungal infection), fungal infections of the nails, a white brush-like border on the sides of tongue called hairy leukoplakia, chronic rashes, diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss. Any of these symptoms should prompt HIV testing if it is not being done for other reasons. With a further decline in function of the immune system, patients are at increasing risk of developing more severe complications of HIV, including more serious infections (opportunistic infections), malignancies, severe weight loss, and decline in mental function. From a practical perspective, most physicians think about patients with HIV diseases as having no symptoms, mild symptoms, or being severely symptomatic. In addition, many would characterize a patient’s level of immunosuppression by the degree and type of symptoms they have as well as the CD4 cell count. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have defined the presence of a long list of specific diseases or the presence of less than 200 CD4 cells per mm3 as meeting a somewhat arbitrary definition of AIDS. It is important to note that with effective antiretroviral therapy many of the signs and symptoms of HIV as well as severity of immunosuppression can be completely reversed, restoring even the most symptomatic patients to a state of excellent health.
American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Joint statement on human immunodeficiency virus screening. Elk Grove Village (IL): AAP; Washington, DC: ACOG; 2006. Available at: http://www.acog.org/~/media/Statements of Policy/Public/sop075.ashx. Retrieved July 10, 2007.
If a pregnant mother is exposed, screening is performed as normal. If HIV-2 is present, a number of perinatal ART drugs may be given as a prophylactic to lower the risk of mother-to-child transmission. After the child is born, a standard 6-week regimen of these prophylactics should be initiated. Breast milk may also contain particles of HIV-2; therefore, breastfeeding is strictly advised against.
First of all, there is no evidence that people infected with HIV can be cured by the currently available therapies, although research related to curing people of infection will be discussed later. In general, those who are treated for years and are repeatedly found to have no virus in their blood by standard viral load assays will experience a prompt rebound in the number of viral particles when therapy is discontinued. Consequently, the decision to start therapy must balance the risk versus the benefits of treatment. The risks of therapy include the short- and long-term side effects of the drugs, described in subsequent sections, as well as the possibility that the virus will become resistant to the therapy, which can limit options for future treatment. The risks of both of these problems are quite small with the treatment options currently available.
If people at low risk have a negative test result, the screening test is not repeated unless their risk status changes. If people at the highest risk have a negative test result (especially if they are sexually active, have several partners, or do not practice safe sex), testing should be repeated every 6 to 12 months.
Reported AIDS cases may be separated into groups based on these risk factors: homosexual or bisexual males–75%, intravenous drug abusers with no history of male homosexual activity–13%, with neither a history of homosexuality nor a history of intravenous drug abuse–6%, persons with hemophilia A who were not Haitians, homosexuals, or intravenous drug abusers–0.3%, and persons in none of the other groups–5%. Reported by the Task Force on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, CDC
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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.
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It’s a virus that breaks down certain cells in your immune system (your body’s defense against diseases that helps you stay healthy). When HIV damages your immune system, it’s easier to get really sick and even die from infections that your body could normally fight off.
With the use of antiretroviral therapy, chronic HIV can last several decades. Without treatment, HIV can be expected to progress to AIDS sooner. By that time, the immune system is quite damaged and has a hard time fighting off infection and disease.
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