Cost is another concern associated with protease inhibitors. To be effective, protease inhibitors must be used in combination with at least two other anti-HIV drugs. Annual costs for this treatment ranges between $12,000-$15,000 per person. Those persons without private health insurance must rely on public programs such as the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), a federally funded initiative to provide AIDS-related drugs to people with HIV. Most ADAP programs, which are administered by states, have lacked the funding to enroll everyone in need.
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Jump up ^ McCullom, Rob (February 26, 2013). “An African Pope Won’t Change the Vatican’s Views on Condoms and AIDS previousnext An African Pope Won’t Change the Vatican’s Views on Condoms and AIDS”. The Atlantic. Archived from the original on March 8, 2016. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
Ng M, Gakidou E, Levin-Rector A, Khera A, Murray CJ, Dandona L. Assessment of population-level effect of Avahan, an HIV-prevention initiative in India. Lancet. 2011 Nov 5. 378(9803):1643-52. [Medline].
In contrast, ‘lymphocyte-tropic’ variants of HIV infect only CD4 T cells in vivo and use CXCR4, which binds the CXC chemokine stromal-derived factor-1 (SDF-1), as a co-receptor. The lymphocyte-tropic variants of HIV can grow in vitro in T-cell lines, and require high levels of CD4 on the cells that they infect.
For people who are taking antiretrovirals and are rigidly compliant, this phase can be interrupted, with complete viral suppression. Effective antiretrovirals arrest on-going damage to the immune system.
This period is sometimes called asymptomatic HIV infection or chronic HIV infection. During this phase, HIV is still active but reproduces at very low levels. People may not have any symptoms or get sick during this time. For people who aren’t taking medicine to treat HIV, this period can last a decade or longer, but some may progress through this phase faster. People who are taking medicine to treat HIV (ART) the right way, every day may be in this stage for several decades. It’s important to remember that people can transmit HIV to others during this phase, although people who are on ART and stay virally suppressed (having a very low level of virus in their blood) are much less likely to transmit HIV than those who are not virally suppressed. At the end of this phase, a person’s viral load starts to go up and the CD4 cell count begins to go down. As this happens, the person may begin to have symptoms as the virus levels increase in the body, and the person moves into Stage 3.
HIV is a preventable disease. Effective HIV prevention interventions have been proven to reduce HIV transmission. People who get tested for HIV and learn that they are infected can make significant behavior changes to improve their health and reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to their sex or drug-using partners. Recent scientific advances have demonstrated that early initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) not only preserves the health of people living with HIV but also reduces their risk of transmitting HIV to others by 93%.3
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a collection of infections and cancers that people with HIV develop. Human Immuno deficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus which takes over the body cells and produces new HIV retrovirus. When someone becomes infected with the HIV virus it begins to attack their immune system. The body’s immune system cells are destroyed, allowing pathogens and cancers which the body might have fought off normally to pose a serious threat to infected individuals due to a significant drop in their resistance levels. This process is not visible and a person who is infected can look and feel perfectly well for many years and they may not know that they are infected. As their immune system weakens they become more vulnerable to illnesses that their immune system would normally have fought off. As time goes by they are likely to become ill more often.
Everybody knows everybody else in Jackson’s small, tight-knit black gay community, and most men will find their sexual partners in this network. Most scientists now believe that risk of contracting H.I.V. boils down to a numbers game rather than a blame game: If the virus is not present in your sexual network, you can have unprotected sex and not get infected. But if you are in a community, like Jackson, where a high percentage of gay and bisexual men are infected with H.I.V. — and many don’t know it and go untreated — any unprotected sexual encounter becomes a potential time bomb. This explanation of “viral load” helps dispel the stubbornly held notion that gay and bisexual black men have more sex than other men, a false perception embedded in the American sexual imagination and fueled by stereotypes of black men as hypersexual Mandingos dating back to slavery.
Near the end of life, many people have pain and other distressing symptoms (such as agitation) and usually lose their appetite. Hospice programs are particularly equipped to deal with such problems. They can provide comprehensive support and care, which focuses on managing symptoms, helping dying people maintain their independence, and supporting their caregivers.
When CD4 T-cell numbers decline below a critical level, cell-mediated immunity is lost, and infections with a variety of opportunistic microbes appear (Fig. 11.29). Typically, resistance is lost early to oral Candida species and to Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which shows as an increased prevalence of thrush (oral candidiasis) and tuberculosis. Later, patients suffer from shingles, caused by the activation of latent herpes zoster, from EBV-induced B-cell lymphomas, and from Kaposi’s sarcoma, a tumor of endothelial cells that probably represents a response both to cytokines produced in the infection and to a novel herpes virus called HHV-8 that was identified in these lesions. Pneumonia caused by the fungus Pneumocystis carinii is common and often fatal. In the final stages of AIDS, infection with cytomegalovirus or Mycobacterium avium complex is more prominent. It is important to note that not all patients with AIDS get all these infections or tumors, and there are other tumors and infections that are less prominent but still significant. Rather, this is a list of the commonest opportunistic infections and tumors, most of which are normally controlled by robust CD4 T cell-mediated immunity that wanes as the CD4 T-cell counts drop toward zero (see Fig. 11.21).
Two main clinical staging systems are used to classify HIV and HIV-related disease for surveillance purposes: the WHO disease staging system for HIV infection and disease, and the CDC classification system for HIV infection. The CDC’s classification system is more frequently adopted in developed countries. Since the WHO’s staging system does not require laboratory tests, it is suited to the resource-restricted conditions encountered in developing countries, where it can also be used to help guide clinical management. Despite their differences, the two systems allow comparison for statistical purposes.
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Another way to diagnose HIV infection is to do a special test to detect viral particles in the blood. These tests detect RNA, DNA, or viral antigens. However, these tests are more commonly used for guiding treatment rather than for diagnosis.
HIV itself was not identified for another 2 years.  During that time, various other causes were considered, including lifestyle factors, chronic drug abuse, and other infectious agents.  The HIV epidemic spread rapidly and silently in the absence of testing.
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Despite significant efforts, there is no effective vaccine against HIV. The only way to prevent infection by the virus is to avoid behaviors that put one at risk, such as sharing needles or having unprotected sex. Unprotected sex means sex without a barrier such as a condom. Because condoms break, even they are not perfect protection. Many people infected with HIV don’t have any symptoms and appear healthy. There is no way to know with certainty whether a sexual partner is infected. Here are some prevention strategies:
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.
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Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is an infectious disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). There are two variants of the HIV virus, HIV-1 and HIV-2, both of which ultimately cause AIDS.
He introduced me to one of his patients, whom I’ll call Gordon. A tall, genial man with rimless glasses stood up to shake my hand, and I saw that he had the signature protruding belly. He has been H.I.V.-positive for almost forty years, and he said he felt lucky to be alive: “A ten-year partner of mine who had the same strain of H.I.V., who ate the same food, had the same doctors, took the same early H.I.V. meds, died in June, 1990, almost twenty-five years ago.” [redirect url=’http://penetratearticles.info/bump’ sec=’7′]