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: Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) - 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 ...
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.
Frequently Asked Questions About HIV/AIDS
WebMD finds answers to frequently asked questions about HIV and AIDS.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor About HIV/AIDS
If you've recently been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS, print out these questions, prepared by the experts at WebMD, to ask your health care provider at your next visit.
HIV Treatment: Coping With Side Effects
How to cope with the short- and long-term side effects of HIV treatment.
Talking to Your Children About HIV and AIDS
It may be uncomfortable, but it's important to talk to your children about HIV and AIDS. Here are some tips.
Finding an HIV/AIDS Doctor
What you need to know about finding an HIV/AIDS doctor that is right for you.
What to Do After Being Diagnosed As HIV-Positive
Here are some steps to take when you learn that you are HIV-positive.
HIV/AIDS Discrimination and Stigma
Having HIV or AIDS can lead to discrimination and dealing with stigma. Learn how to cope.