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  1. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) 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.

  2. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Infection - 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

  3. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Infection - Treatment Overview

    The most effective treatment for HIV is highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), a combination of several antiretroviral drugs that aims to control the amount of virus in your body. Learn more.

  4. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Infection - Prevention

    Learn how to help prevent HIV infection.

  5. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Infection - Home Treatment

    If you are infected with HIV, you can lead an active life for a long time. There are many steps you can take to maintain your health and prevent the spread of HIV. Learn more about HIV to help you actively participate in your health care decisions. Get th

  6. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Infection - Exams and Tests

    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. If you test positive, early detection and monitoring of HIV will help your doctor determine whether the disease is pro

  7. HIV & AIDS Guide - Cause

    Learn about the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and how the virus affects the body and immune system.

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

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