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HIV & AIDS Health Center

Medical Reference Related to HIV & AIDS

  1. HIV: Giving Support - Topic Overview

    HIV-1 is the virus that causes almost all the cases of AIDS worldwide. A related virus,HIV-2,was first isolated in people in West Africa in 1986. Some people who are infected with HIV-2 appear to have an AIDS-like illness,but most do not have symptoms. You should be tested for HIV-2 infection if you: Are from West Africa and practice high-risk behaviors,such as having more than one sex ...

  2. HIV and Exercise - Topic Overview

    Feeling tired is common if you have HIV,especially if you have had the virus for many years. Being severely tired can affect your ability to work,take care of yourself,and enjoy your life. There can be many reasons why you are tired. It is important that you and your health professional try to find the cause. Many of the things that cause fatigue can be treated,and you may feel better. ...

  3. HIV: Giving Support - Topic Overview

    A few people with HIV are described as nonprogressors. These people have HIV that does not progress to more severe symptoms or disease, but they can still spread HIV. Most nonprogressors:Have lived with the infection for 10 to 15 years and remained healthy. Do not have declining CD4+ cell counts.Have a very low level of HIV in their blood.A small number of people never become infected with HIV despite years of exposure to the virus. For example, they may have repeated, unprotected sex with an infected person. These people are said to be HIV-resistant. These people are never infected, so they can't spread HIV.Studies are under way to determine why some people either don't become infected with HIV or, if they do, why they don't develop symptoms or lose CD4+ cells. Research has shown that:Some people's CD4+ cells are relatively resistant to HIV. If HIV cannot attach itself to CD4+ cells, it cannot destroy them.Some people's immune systems may be better able to destroy the virus.Some

  4. HIV, AIDS, and Tuberculosis

    Learn more about the link between tuberculosis, HIV, and AIDS.

  5. HIV/AIDS Risk Factors

    An explanation of the HIV risk factors that can increase your chances of becoming infected with HIV -- the virus that leads to AIDS.

  6. The Top 10 Myths and Misconceptions About HIV and AIDS

    This article corrects common myths about AIDS and HIV.

  7. HIV and AIDS in African-Americans

    Find out how and why African-Americans are affected by HIV and AIDS more than other racial groups.

  8. Nutrition and HIV/AIDS

    If you are HIV positive, good nutrition can have several benefits including keeping your immune system stronger to help fight disease.

  9. HIV, AIDS, and Mycobacterium Avium Complex

    Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) is a group of bacteria that are related to tuberculosis and can severely affect those infected by HIV.

  10. HIV Viral Load Testing

    Along with other tests, the HIV viral load test helps monitor your disease, guide treatment, and predict how your disease may progress.

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