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HIV & AIDS Health Center

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  1. HIV: Giving Support - What Happens

    HIV is spread when blood, semen, or vaginal fluids from an infected person enter another person's body, usually through: Sexual contact. The virus may enter the body through a tear in the lining of the rectum, vagina, urethra, or mouth. Between 75% and 80

  2. HIV and Exercise - Symptoms

    Read about symptoms of HIV infection.

  3. HIV and Exercise - When To Call a Doctor

    If you are infected with HIV or caring for someone who is, call 911 or other emergency services immediately if any of the following conditions develop: seizures, loss of consciousness, new weakness in an arm, a leg, or one side of the body.

  4. Lipodystrophy and HIV

    Lipodystrophy, also called fat redistribution, is common in people with HIV and AIDS. Find out what causes it and how it's treated.

  5. HIV: Giving Support - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. HIV: When Should I Start Taking Antiretroviral Medicines for HIV Infection?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. HIV: Taking Antiretroviral Drugs

  6. HIV: Giving Support - Topic Overview

    Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) is the combination of several antiretroviral medicines used to slow the rate at which HIV makes copies of itself (multiplies) in the body. A combination of three or more antiretroviral medicines is more effective than using just one medicine (monotherapy) to treat HIV. The use of three or more antiretroviral medicines-sometimes referred to as an ...

  7. CD4+ Count

    A CD4+ count is a blood test to determine how well the immune system is working in people who have been diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

  8. HIV & AIDS Guide - Topic Overview

    What is HIV? HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the immune system,the body’s natural defense system. Without a strong immune system,the body has trouble fighting off disease. Both the virus and the infection it causes are called HIV. White blood cells are an important part of the immune system. HIV invades and destroys certain white blood cells called CD4+ cells. If ...

  9. Side Effects of HIV and AIDS Drugs

    Here is an overview of some of the common and more severe side effects of HIV and AIDS drugs.

  10. HIV & AIDS Guide - HIV/AIDS: What Raises Your Risk

    HIV/AIDS: What Increases Your Risk

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