AIDS, HIV, and Pneumocystis Pneumonia (PCP)
Pneumocystis pneumonia, or PCP, is a serious infection that often affects people with HIV and AIDS. Find out more.
Important It is possible that the main title of the report Opportunistic Infections is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report. ...
HTLV Type I and Type II
HTLV-I was first isolated in 1980 from a patient originally thought to have a cutaneous lymphoma. It became clear that it was a distinct form of lymphoma,which was designated as acute T-cell leukemia/ lymphoma (ATL). Some years later,different groups in Martinique and Japan described an association between a chronic disease of the spinal cord and HTLV-I infection,which was later named HTLV-I ...
AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
AIDS is an infectious disorder that suppresses the normal function of the immune system. It is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV),which destroys the body's ability to fight infections. Specific cells of the immune system that are responsible for the proper response to infections (T cells) are destroyed by this virus. Characteristically a person infected with HIV initially ...
AIDS Dysmorphic Syndrome
Important It is possible that the main title of the report AIDS Dysmorphic Syndrome is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report. ...
HIV Testing: Should I Get Tested for Human Immunodeficiency Virus?
Your options Have a blood or saliva test for HIV. Do not have the test. If you believe you've been exposed to HIV,it's important to be tested. Key points to remember Health experts recommend having a screening test for HIV if you have a high risk for infection. HIV tests are also recommended for all pregnant women. Some experts,including the CDC,recommend screening for everyone. You may ...
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 ...
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection - 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.
Medical History and Physical Exam for HIV Infection
When you are first diagnosed with HIV, your health professional will check your current health status. He or she will ask questions about your current symptoms and past health to determine whether you have had any HIV - related illnesses, whether you have medication allergies, whether your immunizations are up to date, and whether you have ever been hospitalized for illness or surgery.Many of the
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection - Medications
Learn about drugs that target HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus that causes AIDS.