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Aids and Viral Complications

Viral infections are a serious concern to those patients who have the HIV virus or fully developed AIDS.  One of the most common is the herpes simplex virus.  This virus is caused by unprotected sex with a person who already has the disease.  The disease can be transferred by unprotected anal or vaginal sex and symptoms are pain and irritated skin in the genital area.  During the later stages, sores erupt and begin oozing and bleeding on the genitals, buttocks, and anal area.  The sores eventually disappear but the virus is only dormant.  Extra breakouts may occur more often in people infected with the HIV virus.  The symptoms will be more severe and the sores will take longer to heal in an infected person.  The herpes disease is not life threatening to adults, but can be serious enough to cause death in young children.  Infants that are affected with the herpes virus during delivery can cause blindness, brain damage, and death. 

Viral hepatitis is an infection of the liver.  The first signs could be a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes.  In plain language this is jaundice.  Other signs include extreme fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.  There are several different types of this virus but the most common are hepatitis A, B, and C.  Hepatitis B and C can put a patient at risk for long-term and more serious complications including cirrhosis of the liver and cancer.  If you have hepatitis and have tested positive for the HIV virus it is more likely to cause liver toxicity because of your medications.

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The signs of symptoms of AIDS or HIV are different depending on what stage the infection is in. When a person is first infected they may have flu-like symptoms and swollen lymph nodes but recover quickly.

This flu-like sickness may occur two to six weeks after being infected and is not always associated with the possibility of HIV infection. Even if you do not have any of these symptoms until years later, you can still infect other people with the virus.

Once your body is invaded with the HIV or AIDS virus, your immune system is under attack. Even though you may not be having any symptoms, you can still pass the disease on to another person.

Meanwhile, even if you are symptom free, your cells that coordinate your immune system are slowly being destroyed.

You can remain this way for as many as ten years but during that time you will begin it experience more frequent infections as your immune cells are destroyed.

You may experience chronic symptoms such as diarrhea, weight loss, shortness of breath, cough, fever, and unexplained weight loss.

CMV or cytomegalovirus is a common herpes virus that can be transmitted through saliva, blood, urine, and breast milk.  More than half of the adult population has been infected with this virus, but healthy individuals can fight off the virus and it remains dormant in the body.  If your immune system is weak, the virus will remain active and cause damage to the eyes, lungs, digestive track, and many other organs of the body.  CMV most commonly causes redness and swelling of the retina and can lead to blindness if left untreated.

The human papillomavirus has been in the news because of the new immunization shot that is so controversial.  It was developed as a vaccine to prevent young women from getting cervical cancer because of this sexually transferred disease.  Any sign of the HPV virus in a woman could cause cervical cancer.  This cancer seems to be occurring in women who are HIV positive.  The Federal Drug Administration approved the first vaccine for this sexually transmitted disease in 2006.  This vaccine is most effective if it is given to young women before they have become sexually active.  It can also protect young women who have already been sexually active at the age of 26 or younger.


AIDS Facts

Keeping your body in the best physical shape and not putting yourself at risk, will help keep you from getting infected and developing AIDS.

Remain healthy, eat a healthy diet, exercise and get plenty of rest. If you know you are at risk, watch for the earliest signs and see a doctor immediately.

A Pap test can find out if you have signs of cervical cancer.  This same virus can cause cancer in the anal area if that person engages in unprotected anal sex. Education is the key to choosing the treatment best for you.  Read all the research and information you can find on the Internet.  Keep abreast of any new research and developments. 



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History of AIDS Looking Closer at the HIV Virus and AIDS
Living With HIV and AIDS
Know the Basics about AIDS
What are the Causes of AIDS
Homeopathic Ways of Treating the AIDS Patient
AIDS and the Nervous System
Options If You Are HIV Positive
The AIDS Patient and Opportunistic Infections
Advanced Signs of the HIV Virus
Tests For the HIV Virus
Other Health Concerns For The AIDS Patient
Prayer And Spirituality Used In The Treatment Of AIDS
How To Prepare For Your AIDS Medical Appointment
Aids and Viral Complications
Parasitic Infections Common to HIV Patients
AIDS Related Lymphoma
Treating AIDS Related Lymphoma
Serious Complications Associated With The HIV Virus
White Blood Cells And AIDS
Neurological Complications Associated with AIDS
What To Do If You Think You Might Have Aids
New Developments In AIDS Research
Coping With Your AIDS Diagnosis
The Symptoms of HIV Infection
Education Is The Key To Stopping the AIDS Epidemic
The Emphasis Must Be On Prevention for HIV and AIDS
AIDS Medical Terms
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Reducing The HIV Risk Factors
Keeping A Positive Outlook For AIDS Patients
Acupuncture To Relieve The Side Effects Of AIDS Treatment
A Healthy Lifestyle Can Help You Treat AIDS
AIDS Patients Are In It For Life
Basic AIDS Information
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Treatments Available for the Patient with HIV or AIDS
Ways You Cannot Get The HIV Virus
Treatments Available for the HIV Positive Woman
Understanding the Basics of HIV
The United States AIDS Policy
Treatment Guidelines for the AIDS Patient
Treating Serious Illnesses in The AIDS Patient
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The Fear the AIDS Stigma Brings
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Facts And Myths Regarding HIV Transmission
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