AIDS and HIV Information

Oh No I have AIDS

When there is no cure, you treat to relieve suffering and to preserve human dignity. You have been told your HIV test is positive. You have the human immunodeficiency virus coursing through your veins. You are told there i s no cure. You are also told that there is hope. There are new treatments for AIDS that have been shown to improve your expected quality of life. You are told that you must make adjustments in your life as part of your AIDS management. You must tell your family, friends and those you have had close contact with that you are HIV positive. You need to find out about the disease that now invades your body. You need to learn how to monitor your immune system's response to this viral attack. You need to decide what to do about your disease and how to go about controlling what it is doing to your body; instead of letting it control you.

Your first step to managing your disease is to learn as much as you can about it. Your doctor or health care provider can answer some of your questions and give you information during your office visit. Your doctor can also direct you to other resources: Websites, organizations, books, groups, and your local health department. Be sure that if you look around on your own for information that you check to see where the information is coming from; what source was used to gather the information - is it accurate? Let the medical team treating you know what you are reading or viewing and they can validate if the information is reliable. You do not want to waste your time on inaccurate information.

Did You Know? 

Since 1981 when the HIV and Aids was first recognized as something new in the medical world, researchers and scientists have been working to learn as much about the new disease as possible.

So far they have determined the virus is spread by contact with another contaminated person’s body fluids. This could be through contact with blood, semen, and vaginal fluids. Once the body has the HIV virus it begins to produce more HIV particles and these begin attacking the T-cells.

The T-cells or CD4 cells burst and that allows the virus to enter the bloodstream and invade other cells. You should already know the difference between HIV and AIDS.

HIV is a subgroup of retroviruses that cause AIDS. The virus kills cells in the body’s immune system and progressively destroys the body’s ability to fight infections. This inability to fight off infections also affects some cancers too.

HIV gradually gets worse until the body is no longer able to fight off the infections and other bacteria that would normally not make people sick. These opportunistic infections will attack the body and could be potentially life threatening.

AIDS is the acronym for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. It was first recognized in New York City in 1981. The virus was isolated and identified in 1983, but it wasn’t until 1985 that a diagnostic test was developed to test for the disease.

You will be seeing your doctor or health care provider (depending on your medical coverage) on a regular basis. You will need to have regular blood tests drawn that will monitor the progress of your disease. These tests are called: the viral load test and the CD4 cell (used to be called t4). The viral load test tells your medical team the amount of HIV in your blood. The lower the levels in your bloodstream the better. The medical professionals will use this data to determine when it is the right time to start you on antiretroviral medications (ARVs). Blood tests also tell them when the medications they are giving you are working and when to change medications.

The CD4 cell test is used to find out how strong your immune system is and how many white blood cells you have. The white blood cells are the fighting armies of your blood steam that fights off invading infections. You may hear different names for this particular kind of white blood cells (T-4, T-cell or T-helper cells). When your test reveals that your CD4 count is low than that means that your body is ripe for the development of what is called a "opportunistic infection".


AIDS Facts

Making sure your immune system is in top shape is the best way to prolong life with HIV and Aids.

Your doctor will use this test to decide when to start using ARVs or other medications that will help prevent opportunistic infections. You and your doctor will decide based on the test results how often to repeat these tests and when to start medications. If the CD4 cell count is high and stays that way and your viral load test stays low then treatment may be delayed. Blood tests will continue approximately every 3 to 6 months and your levels monitored closely.



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HIV and AIDS Information and Resources
World Health Organization’s AIDS Staging
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
Take An Active Role In Your AIDS Medical Treatment
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
Do You Need To Let Everyone Know That You Are HIV Positive
Important Vitamins and Minerals for a Person with HIV
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
HIV Transmission
How The HIV Virus Progresses
The Fear the AIDS Stigma Brings
I Tested Positive For the HIV Virus: What Now
How To Tell Other People You Are HIV Positive
Facts And Myths Regarding HIV Transmission
Some Recent Advances In The Fight Against AIDS
Preventive Measures You Can Take Concerning HIV Infection
Dates In AIDS History
The Impact of AIDS On MSM, Men Who Have Sex With Men
Dealing With Malnutrition For The HIV Infected Person
Know Your Personal HIV Risk Factors
Keeping Yourself AIDS Free
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