AIDS is short for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. AIDS is a disease that slowly destroys the body's immune system. Without these important defenses, a person with AIDS can't fight off germs and cancers.
HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. It kills an important kind of blood cell - the CD4 T lymphocyte, or T cell. These T cells are the quarterbacks of the immune system. As they die off, the body becomes more and more vulnerable to other diseases. Germs take this opportunity to invade the body. The diseases they cause are called opportunistic infections (OIs for short). When people with HIV get these infections - or when their CD4 T-cell levels get too low - they have AIDS.
If you know you are at high risk of HIV infection and come down with a bad case of the flu, see a doctor right away. It could be the early signs of HIV infection ...
HIV/Aids is often called the "silent epidemic" due to its very long incubation period - meaning that a person can be infected for many years without showing any symptoms. ...
- - Treatment of HIV infection and AIDS
- - Drugs used in the treatment of HIV infection
- - Principles and Goals for the treatment
- - Complications of HIV Infection
- - Myths about the transmission of HIV
- - AIDS HIV Detection and Treatment
- - Mother-to-child transmission of HIV (MTCT)
- - Armenicum Therapeutic indications