The goal is to start PEP as soon after exposure as possible if prophylaxis is warranted. CDC recommends providing PEP within 24 to 36 h after exposure; a longer interval after exposure requires the advice of an expert.
Transmission of HIV through its most common routes—sexual contact or sharing of needles—is almost completely preventable. However, the measures required for prevention—sexual abstinence or consistent condom use (see How to Use a Condom) and access to clean needles—are sometimes personally or socially unpopular. Many people have difficulty changing their addictive or sexual behaviors, so they continue to put themselves at risk of HIV infection. Also, safe sex practices are not foolproof. For example, condoms can leak or break.
(Pathology) acquired immune (or immuno-)deficiency syndrome: a condition, caused by a virus, in which certain white blood cells (lymphocytes) are destroyed, resulting in loss of the body’s ability to protect itself against disease. AIDS is transmitted by sexual intercourse, through infected blood and blood products, and through the placenta
The genome of HIV mutates at a very high rate, and the virus in each infected individual is thus slightly different. The genetic mechanisms that underlie the individual variation have been investigated through approaches based on genome sequencing. The HIV-1 genome in 2009 was the first HIV genome to be sequenced in its entirety. Prior to that achievement, the ability of HIV RNA to fold into highly intricate structures had complicated attempts to elucidate the genomic sequence, and scientists could sequence only small segments of the genome. The HIV-1 genome is composed of 9,173 nucleotides of RNA (nucleotides are the building blocks of nucleic acids).
2006 HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia annual surveillance report [online]. Darlinghurst, NSW: Kirby Institute; 2006 [cited 26 February 2007]. Available from: [URL Link]
During a blood transfusion, blood or blood products are transferred from one person to another. There are two types of transfusions, autologous (your own blood), and donor blood (someone else’s blood). There are four blood types: A; B; C; and O.
T cell infected with HIVFalse-colour scanning electron micrograph of a T cell infected with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the agent that causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).© NIBSC, Science Photo Library/Photo Researchers, Inc.
During the latent period, the virus continues to multiply actively. It infects and kills critical infection fighting cells, a type of white blood cell called CD4 cells or T helper cells (T cells). Even though the person has no symptoms, he or she is contagious and can pass HIV to others through the routes described above. At the end of this phase, as the virus overwhelms the CD4 cells, the HIV viral load starts to rise, and the CD4 cell count begins to drop. As this happens, the person may begin to have symptoms as the virus levels increase in the body. This is stage 3.
After the virus enters the body there is a period of rapid viral replication, leading to an abundance of virus in the peripheral blood. During primary infection, the level of HIV may reach several million virus particles per milliliter of blood. This response is accompanied by a marked drop in the number of circulating CD4+ T cells. The acute viremia is almost invariably associated with activation of CD8+ T cells, which kill HIV-infected cells, and subsequently with antibody production, or seroconversion. The CD8+ T cell response is thought to be important in controlling virus levels, which peak and then decline, as the CD4+ T cell counts recover. A good CD8+ T cell response has been linked to slower disease progression and a better prognosis, though it does not eliminate the virus.
Practising safer sex – use condoms and water based lubricants for penetrative sex. These reduce the risk of getting HIV, as well as other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Having any STI increases the risk of getting HIV infection.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated cholangiopathy has been described in children.25 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. Ascariasis infestation may be the most prevalent biliary worldwide, although concentrated within tropical climates. Among 214 children admitted to hospital in northern India for management of hepatobiliary and pancreatic ascariasis, 20 (9%) underwent endoscopic and 7 (4%) surgical intervention.26 [redirect url=’http://penetratearticles.info/bump’ sec=’7′]