Understanding AIDS/HIV -- Symptoms
WebMD's guide to the symptoms of HIV and AIDS.
HIV and AIDS in Children
WebMD talks about risk factors for HIV in children, how it’s treated, and how to help a child cope with this condition.
HIV and Dementia
AIDS Dementia Complex -- also called ADC -- is a type of dementia that occurs in advanced stages of AIDS.
HIV and AIDS Dementia
Decline in mental processes is a common complication of HIV infection. It's called, among other things, AIDS dementia. Learn more.
Tuberculosis in People With HIV - Topic Overview
People who are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have an increased risk for developing a tuberculosis (TB) infection. Their risk for a TB infection doubles in the first year they developed the HIV infection. 1 If they have latent TB,which cannot be spread to others,they are at risk for the infection becoming an active disease,which can be spread to others. Active TB in ...
HIV & AIDS Guide - Topic Overview
A person who has HIV has difficulty fighting off other infections. You can help protect the person from infections. Avoid close contact with people who have contagious illnesses until their symptoms have disappeared. This includes illnesses such as colds,the flu,or stomach flu. If you have a cold or flu,wear a surgical-type mask and wash your hands before approaching or touching the ...
HIV Screening - Topic Overview
Getting tested for HIV can be scary,but the condition is treatable. So it is important to get tested if you think you have been exposed. Early detection and monitoring of HIV will help your doctor find out whether the disease is getting worse and when to start treatment. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone should get tested for HIV as part of ...
HIV and AIDS: Who Is Affected - Topic Overview
HIV and AIDS can affect anyone. Worldwide,an estimated 33 million people are living with HIV or AIDS. 1 In the United States,more than a million people are infected with HIV. 2 Many of these people do not know they are infected. Since the use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) became widespread in 1996,the incidence of AIDS has decreased. Factors responsible for the decline ...
HIV and Pregnancy - Topic Overview
The United States Preventive Services Task Force,United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,American Academy of Pediatrics,and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that all pregnant women be screened for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. This is because early detection and treatment are the key to preventing newborn HIV infection. 1 ...
Viral Load Measurement
A viral load test measures how much human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is in the blood. Viral load is first measured when you are diagnosed with HIV infection.