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What Is The Primary Damage That AIDS Causes

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What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

...1.There's a big difference between the symptoms of HIV and the symptoms of advanced HIV, also known as AIDS. HIV is a virus that attacks your immune system. During its initial assault (which is known as acute infection or primary infection ), your immune system tries to mount a defense. That defense can cause many people to develop symptoms that usually go away after a few days. Here's the catch: Those symptoms, when they do occur (most...
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lymph tissue damage treatment

hello!!! You guys are wonderful, and it is so encouraging to have a website with professionals and specialists to ask questions!! I am newly diagnosed but in the chronic stage (within 6months to 1st year from acute infection) Is there any...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...longer period of time. Despite the recent popularity of "low carb" diets, most nutrition experts recommend that carbohydrates -- primarily complex ones -- should make up at least 50% of one's total daily calorie intake. Simple carbohydrates are... Read more »

HIV Tat protein causing brain damage

"The dendrites begin to look like a patch of severely damaged trees after a bad ice storm." (EEEK!!)I thought it was my imagination that I was "losing it" mentally lately but once I read the articles on:"Researchers Identify Toehold For HIV's...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Thanks for posting that. KH Read more »

Cure for HIV/AIDS (CURE 2009) (CURE 2009)

Hi,I have been wondering why it is so difficult for HIV/AIDS cure to be found especially for Americans who nothing is impossible for. I am from Africa living with HIV. Would there ever be a cure for this deadly disease and when?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Some believe that it is inflammation rather than any unique activity of HIV that makes it harmful. They believe it causes harm primarily because it causes cells to release inflammatory proteins, which in turn harm the body. If this is correct,... Read more »

high v.l, fatigue and brain damage

Hi Dr. DaarI'm 40 years old woman. HIV+ for 20 years. My last cd4 is 500 and most of time it's around this number. V.L=400,000.Last 3 years without the cocktail treatment. The rest of my lab tests r fine. I'm suffering from fatigue lately and I'm...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
...what is the cause of this symptom. Certainly it is possible that this relates to HIV in one way or another. If you and your primary provider can not come up with an alternative explanation for your fatigue, for which there could be many, it... Read more »
Project Inform

IRIS: A Concern for People Starting HIV Therapy

...immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS) is a serious condition that can be challenging to diagnose and treat. The main concern with IRIS is the inflammation that it causes. Though research is beginning to sort out the condition, it is... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...transmitting HIV, in fact, there are numerous reports of bites that did not result in HIV infection. Severe trauma with extensive tissue damage and the presence of blood were reported in each of the instances where transmission was documented or... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

The Feminization of an Epidemic

...(CDC) reports that, among HIV-positive women in the United States, over 80% are either African American or Hispanic. AIDS remains the leading cause of death in black women ages 25-34 in the U.S., while it represents the 10th leading cause of... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

...such as feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) in cats, visna virus in sheep and simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) in monkeys primarily infect cells of the immune system such as T cells and macrophages. For example, visna virus infects macrophages... Read more »
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26 years AIDS survior

Posted by AaronK, 3 Replies
...about a ten gallon size bag of pills left over i didn't take over 20 years. In 2006 i was dianosed with hep C with stage 2 liver damage and hopefully will began treatment as soon, as i have enough tcells to survive the hep c medications, which is... Read more »

eeek! brain damage!

Posted by daisey6205, 7 Replies
...please tell me this is not hiv related. i know i have been stressed out, but everyone gets stressed out. i feel like i have brain damage. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! love and prayers to all daisey Read more »


Posted by Anonymous
...after exposure) may show lymphopenia and thrombocytopenia, but atypical lymphocytes are infrequent. The CD4 count usually remains normal. The HIV-1 antibody tests (ELISA and Western blot test), the only tests officially used to diagnose... Read more »

BBC Report on Brain Scan of HIV Effects

Posted by ScotCharles
...Higgins Trust Compared with 14 healthy controls, the Aids patients had 10-15% thinner brain regions, including areas called the primary sensory, motor and premotor cortices, regardless of whether they were taking anti-HIV drugs or not. This... Read more »