HIV

By: Dani Patrick

What it is

HIV weakens a person's immune system destroying cells that they need to fight off disease and infections, this is known as an immunodeficiency virus. When this happens it leads to AIDS and can be fatal
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How do you obtain this?

To first come in contact with this virus it must be spread by body fluids, some body fluid transmissions are: Cerebrospinal fluid, urine, vomit, saliva, semen, mucus, pleural fluid (A buildup of fluid between the tissues that line the lungs and the chest), blood, and more.

Course of Treatment

This virus has no effective cure, but it may be controlled under a licensed health care professional. There is now a therapy that can dramatically prolong the life of people with HIV called Antiretroviral therapy (ART.). What it is designed to do is slow the rate at which HIV makes a copy of itself in the body by combining three or more Antiretroviral medicines which has proven to prolong the life more rather than using one medicines.

Signs and Symptoms

Since HIV effects the immune cells signs first start as fever like symptoms, sore throat, fatigue on occasion. Once HIV turns into AIDS symptoms will include weight loss, fever or night sweats, fatigue, and recurrent infections. 12.8% of people living with HIV are unaware that they have this virus so pay attention to these signs and symptoms and get tested by your doctor.
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