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The Disease Aids, Acquired Immune Deficency Syndrome, Is Caused By

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AIDS InfoNet

Immune Restoration Syndrome

...treatment. Most important is the fact that the immune system is getting stronger. It also shows that the immune system is responding to specific germs. Before HIV treatment, there might have been no response to these germs because the immune system was too weak. Even in patients who develop immune restoration syndrome, antiretroviral therapy should be continued. What Problems Can Occur? Immune restoration syndrome has been linked...
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Hi, Based on unexplainable symptoms during last 12 months, my primary care doctor diagnosed me as a CFIDS(Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction) patient. What is the definite difference between symptoms of CFIDS and chronic fatigue caused by HIV. I...
J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

Response from J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

San Francisco General Hospital
...many patients have also been found to be suffering from depression. HIV related fatigue is usually attributable to one or more etiologies, such as acute infection, anemia, hormonal imbalances, dehydration, medication side effects, etc. Most... Read more »

immune reconstitution syndrome- causing blindness!!!??how common is this?

hey,i'm a 4th year med student from south africa. During my opthalmology rotation I have seen many patients on ARV's with really nasty side-effects,but not to the drugs themselves....(presumably due to immune reconstitution syndrome) The most...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...problems effective HIV treatment avoids when started at a higher CD4 count. It is unclear how to best manage immune reconstitution syndrome once it has developed. Ophthalmologists used to be one of the most important specialist for the care of... Read more »


what's hiv/aids
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
...stands for the human immunodeficiency virus. AIDS stands for the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. HIV is the virus that causes immune deficiency, weakening of the immune system, and when this becomes sufficiently severe people start to... Read more »


how does someone get aids?
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...AIDS, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, is caused by infection with HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus. Being infected with HIV is not the same thing as "having" AIDS. When a Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

...acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was first recognized in 1981 and has since become a major worldwide pandemic. AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). By leading to the destruction and/or functional impairment of cells... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Immune Therapies in Development

...should permit better control of HIV if the ART is stopped. Another approach is to treat HIV-positive people before HIV infection causes a significant drop in CD4 counts. This should delay the need for ART. There are many drug candidates in early... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

...immune system keeps this virus in check. When the immune defenses are weak, CMV can attack several parts of the body. This can be caused by various diseases including HIV. Combination antiviral therapy has reduced the rate of CMV in people with... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

The Feminization of an Epidemic

...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 death in white... Read more »
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Key facts about HIV/AIDS - Note Last Item

Posted by ScotCharles, 1 Reply
...among adults aged under 60: WHAT IS AIDS AND WHAT CAUSES IT? * AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. It is caused by a virus called HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). INCUBATION PERIOD AND SYMPTOMS: * The HIV virus does... Read more »

Caus[a] del SIDA

Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
...RA. AIDS and stressors: AIDS in neither an infectious disease nor is sexually transmitted. It is a toxic-nutritional syndrome caused by the alarming worldwide increment of immunological stressor agents. Medelln, Colombia: Impresos Begn; 1997;... Read more »

Are They Right?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Why do some people insist that HIV does not cause AIDS and that test is not accurate? Read more »

Think about it

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
...Is the AIDS virus harmless? Is AIDS not contagious? Are the AIDS tests worthless? Is AIDS medication killing patients? Find out what Read more »