AIDS and HIV Information
 

What To Do If You Think
You Might Have Aids

Are you at risk for developing AIDS?  If you know you are in a high risk category, you have had unprotected sex with someone with HIV, used and shared drug needles, or you have had a possibly contaminated blood fusion, you are at risk.  You should tell your doctor if you have had exposure to contaminated blood because of your occupation, you also may be at risk of developing AIDS.  You should see your doctor if you are having an unexplained weight loss, persistent fever, joint and muscle pains, and a persistent headache. 

More symptoms that should alert you to possible problems are sinusitis, persistent yeast infections, or pneumonia.  A white coating on the tongue can point to thrush, which is a form of a yeast infection.  If you find you are having any of these symptoms, you will want to see your doctor immediately.

Tests for the HIV virus can be done by your doctor, or at a clinic where you can remain anonymous.  Blood tests will allow the doctor to confirm a diagnosis of HIV infection.  The test is called enzyme linked immunosorbent assay and it looks for disease-fighting proteins in your immune system.  These proteins are specifically targeting the HIV disease.  A Western blot test can then be performed to measure your body’s response to HIV and is much more accurate than the earlier test.  These tests are not effective immediately after exposure to AIDS.  It may take several months for the virus to show up in the system.  Tests a few months later will be more accurate.

Did You Know? 

In today’s enlightened world we know that AIDS is spread through direct contact with body fluids of people who have been infected with HIV.

You can get AIDS from practicing unsafe sex, from having multiple sexual partners, or born to or breast-fed from an HIV-positive woman. It is rare for someone to get AIDS by having a contaminated organ donation or from contact with unsanitary dental equipment.

You can be infected by sharing contaminated needles with other drug users, having sexually transmitted diseases or by having a contaminated blood transfusion before 1985. The AIDS virus can go undetected for over ten years but it is destroying the immune system without your knowledge.

Remember to be safe! You can get AIDS by both homosexual and heterosexual sexual activity. Take precautions with all of your sexual partners. If you are a member of the medical profession, take extra precautions to not touch a patient’s bodily fluids.



This period when the HIV virus cannot be accurately diagnosed is called the “window” period.  If the early tests are positive, another test called the HIV RNA blood test can measure the virus in the body.  A blood test to find out the CD4 cell count is and any count of less than 200 cells per cubic meter is considered to be AIDS.  Your doctor may perform other tests to verify there are no other AIDS related conditions that have taken over your body.  You could be tested for brain disorders, body-wasting diseases, tuberculosis, tumors or lung diseases.



One important fact to remember is, HIV infection is a lifelong illness!  There is no cure for the disease and scientists and researchers are working diligently to find ways of treating HIV and the AIDS disease.  Research is being done to find ways of creating a chemical barrier that will stop the HIV virus from being transferred to a partner through sexual contact.  It may take years before an effective way of treating the HIV or AIDS virus is found. 

 

AIDS Facts

Patients using homeopathic medicine will normally develop a fever after taking the medication. Homeopaths agree the fever is a helpful part of the response to the medicine and should not be suppressed.

Fever is a response to infection and using homeopathic treatment and medicines encourage this body response.



The purpose of medical doctors today is to prolong the life of the AIDS patient and give them a good quality of life while working to save it.  The goal of medical doctor’s today is to keep the patient comfortable while trying to keep them alive until all measures have been exhausted in fighting this horrible disease.

 

 

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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
Are Condoms Effective As Protection Against AIDS Transmission
Juicings Possible Benefits To The Person With HIV
What Are The Initial Signs and Symptoms of HIV Infections
AIDS Faqs
Five Classes of Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating AIDS
Dietary Needs And The HIV Patient
Misconceptions About AIDS
Oh No I have AIDS
The Staggering AIDS Statistics
Exercise May Boost Your Imune System
Aids And The Toll On Families
Immunization Needs For Adult AIDS Patients
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome: The Basic Facts
Is There A Silver Lining in The Cloud of AIDS
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