HIV

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HIV

Human immunodeficiency virus or HIV is a viral infection of the immune system. Acquired immune deficiency disease (AIDS) is the umbrella term used to describe the final stage of an HIV infection. HIV is a sexually transmitted infection, but HIV can also be transmitted by contaminated hypodermic needles and blood transfusions, as well as from mother to child during pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding. Early symptoms of an HIV infection include fever, rash, night sweats, headaches, sore throat, fatigue, and a general feeling of having the flu, but many individuals who are HIV positive do not have any symptoms. This is because the virus has a latency stage, also known as the chronic phase. The virus can lay dormant inside your cells for years. HIV is a human retrovirus. The term retrovirus means that the virus can replicate inside a human cell. The retrovirus is an RNA virus; it converts itself into DNA and inserts itself into the cell’s genome. Once it is part of the cell’s genetic code, the virus is then produced by the cell’s replication machinery. Once enough of the virus has been produced within the cell, the cell dies and releases the virus into the body. HIV attacks the cells of your immune system, specifically the CD4 cells. CD4 cells include T helper cells, monocytes, macrophages, and dendritic cells. The virus decreases the number CD4 cells in the body, therefore diminishing the body’s ability to fight infection. Once your number of CD4 cells has fallen below 200 per cubic millimeter of blood, you will be diagnosed with AIDS. There is no cure for an HIV infection or AIDS. There are treatments that can suppress the HIV virus and help to slow the progression of the disease.

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The Well Project

The Well Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to change the course of the HIV/AIDS pandemic through a unique and comprehensive focus on women and girls. The Well Project advocates that every woman and girl should have access to quality, up-to-date information about HIV/AIDS.

Last Updated: 20 May 2014

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Following organizations serve the condition "HIV" for support, advocacy or research.

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The Well Project

The Well Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to change the course of the HIV/AIDS pandemic through a unique and comprehensive focus on women and girls. The Well Project advocates that every woman and girl should have access to quality, up-to-date information about HIV/AIDS.

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Last Updated: 20 May 2014

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Scientific Literature

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Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "HIV" returned 30765 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Remarks about the study on renal function, urinalysis abnormalities and correlates among HIV-infected Cameroonians naive to antiretroviral therapy.
 

Author(s): Hai Err, Viroj Wiwanitkit

Journal: Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl. 2014 Sep;25(5):1088.

 

Last Updated: 6 Sep 2014

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Survival of people living with HIV after treatment with traditional Chinese medicine in Henan province of China: a retrospective cohort study.
 

Author(s): Yantao Jin, Zhibin Liu, Xiumin Chen, Xin Wang, Dan Wang, Ziqiang Jiang, Ying Liu, Jian Wang, Wen Zou, Huijun Guo, Liran Xu

Journal: J Tradit Chin Med. 2014 Aug;34(4):430-6.

 

To provide survival estimates of people living with human immunodeficiency virus (PLHIV) after treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in rural China, to identify the prognostic factors at enrollment, and to explore the effectiveness ofTCM in treating PLHIV.

Last Updated: 4 Sep 2014

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Genetic analyses of HIV-1 pol sequences from Zimbabwean patients.
 

Author(s): Francesca Falasca, Chiara Temperoni, Laura Mazzuti, Alessandra Lo Presti, Massimo Ciccozzi, Elisa Di Filippo, Giancarlo Iaiani, Gloria Taliani, Ombretta Turriziani

Journal: New Microbiol.. 2014 Jul;37(3):377-81.

 

This study analysed the sequence of HIV-1 pol gene derived from Zimbabwean infected patients. Sequence analysis, performed on 8 samples, revealed that sequences were classified as subtype C (n=5), subtype B (n=2) and CRF01_AE (n=1). Two patients, treated with a therapeutic regimen ...

Last Updated: 3 Sep 2014

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The terms "HIV" returned 2972 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Do HIV-1 non-B subtypes differentially impact resistance mutations and clinical disease progression in treated populations? Evidence from a systematic review.
 

Author(s): Madhavi Bhargava, Jorge Martinez Cajas, Mark A Wainberg, Marina B Klein, Nitika Pant Pai

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There are 31 million adults living with HIV-1 non-B subtypes globally, and about 10 million are on antiretroviral therapy (ART). Global evidence to guide clinical practice on ART response in HIV-1 non-B subtypes remains limited. We systematically searched 11 databases for the period ...

Last Updated: 7 Jul 2014

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Achieving universal access and moving towards elimination of new HIV infections in Cambodia.
 

Author(s): Mean Chhi Vun, Masami Fujita, Tung Rathavy, Mao Tang Eang, Seng Sopheap, Samreth Sovannarith, Chhea Chhorvann, Ly Vanthy, Oum Sopheap, Emily Welle, Laurent Ferradini, Chin Sedtha, Sok Bunna, Robert Verbruggen

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In the mid-1990s, Cambodia faced one of the fastest growing HIV epidemics in Asia. For its achievement in reversing this trend, and achieving universal access to HIV treatment, the country received a United Nations millennium development goal award in 2010. This article reviews Cambodia's ...

Last Updated: 21 Jun 2014

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Safety and effectiveness of antiretroviral therapies for HIV-infected women and their infants and children: protocol for a systematic review and network meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Andrea C Tricco, Jesmin Antony, Veroniki A Angeliki, Huda Ashoor, Brian Hutton, Brenda R Hemmelgarn, David Moher, Yaron Finkelstein, Kevin Gough, Sharon E Straus

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Antiretroviral therapy reduces mother-to-child transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) during pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding. However, these agents have been associated with preterm birth, anemia and low birth weight. We aim to evaluate the comparative safety and ...

Last Updated: 4 Jun 2014

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Study of People With HIV Infection Who Have High Viral Loads Despite Combination Antiretroviral Therapy
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Virus; Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Virus; AIDS Virus; Human Immunodeficiency Virus; Human Immunodeficiency Viruses

 

Last Updated: 13 Sep 2014

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DVD-based HIV/HCV Prevention Intervention for Drug-Involved Latino Criminal Justice Clients
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Human Immunodeficiency Virus; Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Hepatitis C

 

Last Updated: 15 Apr 2014

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