Some Recent Advances In
The Fight Against AIDS
AIDS is a problem that first began to manifest itself around the world in the early eighties, and it is clearly
not going to stop any time soon. There are more and more cases of AIDS diagnosed every day, and while there have
been medical advancements made in the fight against AIDS, we still haven’t been able to
successfully formulate any type of cure for the problem. We have been able to make life easier for individuals who
have been diagnosed HIV-positive, and in this article, we’ll explain some of the advancements that have been made
recently in the fight against AIDS.
One recent discovery that has been made on the topic of AIDS comes in regards to who is more susceptible to the
disease. Research has recently confirmed that men who are circumcised run a much lower risk of becoming HIV
positive during unprotected sex than men who are not circumsized. This is due to the fact that the foreskin is more
susceptible to falling victim to the HIV virus than the rest of the tissue of the penis.
The results of several research studies showed that being circumcised can actually reduce the risk of infection
by as much as sixty percent. This news is of immense merit to those in countries found in Africa in which
circumcision isn’t a common practice but AIDS is a big problem. Doctors have always suspected that circumcision may
lessen an individual’s risk of developing the disease, but they had no idea that the effect would be as great as it
was found to be.
Did You Know?
The AIDS epidemic is a horrible disease but it has given us a silver lining.
Scientists and researchers have a new awareness of how important the immune system is to our body.
The public knows about the immune system and cares about the health of lymph nodes, vessels, and
the rest of the system.
Because there is a new awareness of the importance of the immune system, more
research has been done on how to build it up so it can fight the advances of AIDS. People are aware
of the danger of infectious diseases and are taking steps to stay healthier. They are eating
healthier diets, exercising, and taking better care of their bodies.
The medical community has focused on researching vaccines and cures but has failed
to explore the possibilities of bolstering the immune system. The best defense we have against
infection is our body. The tragedy of that fact is that most drugs have serious side effects and
only prolong life for a few more months. Strengthening the body’s immune system is our best defense
against opportunistic infections.
One way to do that is to use homeopathy medicine. There is not one treatment or
drug that will help every HIV infected person, but homeopathy is helping people with various stages
of the disease. This is a different way of looking at the disease. Instead of fighting the
pathogens that cause the disease through conventional drug treatment, doctors are looking at
alternative and complimentary ways of treating patients with HIV or AIDS.
Doctors in the Netherlands are supporting the use of homeopathic medicine in
treating AIDS patients. Natural therapies, and alternative methods of treatment cannot only prolong
the life of the AIDS patient, it can improve the overall quality of life they have. They do not
provide a cure.
Another piece of news that may be particularly promising to patients with HIV involves, of all things, a type of
medication used to treat herpes. The drug known as Valtrex which has been traditionally used to prevent herpes
outbreaks from occurring has been clinically tested for its ability to keep the AIDS virus under control, and the
results were shown to be quite promising.
Patients that received doses of Valtrex were found to have lower levels of occurrence for HIV viruses present in
the genital tract. Also, the levels of HIV that were presnt in the bloodstream of the treated individuals were
found to be much lower than those who received a placebo. Since there are less viruses present in the genital tract
when an individual was taking the Valtrex, doctors believe that the drug could be of use when it comes to
preventing passing the disease on to another individual via a sex act.
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.
Patients that received doses of Valtrex were found to have lower levels of occurrence for HIV
viruses present in the genital tract. Also, the levels of HIV that were presnt in the bloodstream of the treated
individuals were found to be much lower than those who received a placebo. Since there are less viruses present in
the genital tract when an individual was taking the Valtrex, doctors believe that the drug could be of use when it
comes to preventing passing the disease on to another individual via a sex act.