When Was Hiv Aids First Discovered

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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

Background The 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 of the immune system, notably CD4+ T cells, HIV progressively destroys the body's ability to fight infections and certain cancers. An HIV-infected person is diagnosed with AIDS when...
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CPR/First Aid restrictions in school

I am HIV+ for 10+ years (thankfully very healthy!).I work in the office of an elementary school and serve as a backup to our clinic coordinator. We are required to be certified in CPR and first aid. I recently went through this training and asked...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
...universal precautions. You are committed to using them. You are obviously smarter than the average bear. You are WILLING to do first aid and CPR, which places you above a large number of employees whom I meet in workplace HIV education seminars... Read more »

giving first aid, is there a risk of contracting HIV?

Many people I know won't give frst aid because they're afraid of HIV. Is there really a risk? Have there been any cases contracted this way?
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
...When first aiders use universal precautions (that is, treating all blood as if it is infectious and always using a barrier when blood is present), Read more »


If a persons cell count bounces back up above 200, or they beat an opportunistic infection, they are still considered to have AIDS. Why is that? I found out that I had HIV 17 years ago when I became extremely ill with flu-like symptoms but I also...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,See below. The information you requested was already waiting for you in the archives.Dr. BobCONFUSED ABOUT YOUR ARTICLE (DEFINITION HIV VS AIDS 2009) Feb 17, 2009In your answr to a patient , you said that the current definition of AIDS is not... Read more »

Risks of giving First Aid and CPR

hello dr. recently a friend(unknown if hiv positive) fell and cut a severe gash above his eye. I arrived on scene several hours later.He refused medical treatment and was in a severe drunken state. I offered him wet compresses to place against the...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...Thank you for your question.When giving a person first aid, care should always be taken to avoid contact with their blood. This is important in order to avoid a possible exposure to HIV, Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Bronx Announces Effort to Test Every Adult in Borough for HIV

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Friday will begin a three-year effort to test every adult living in the Bronx -- which has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS-related deaths in the city -- for HIV, the New York Times ... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Respond to World AIDS Day

Several newspapers have published editorials and opinion pieces in response to World AIDS Day. Summaries appear below. Editorials Arizona Daily Star : World AIDS Day is a "good time to issue a wake-up call," a Daily Star editorial says,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report Summarizes Media Coverage of 25th Anniversary of First AIDS Diagnosis

...AIDS: No Vaccine in Sight " (Howard Price, Washington Times , 6/2). Broadcast Programs Report on 25th Anniversary of First AIDS Diagnosis ABCNews' " Good Morning America ": The segment includes comments from Hydeia Broadbent, an... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

How is HIV passed from one person to another? Which body fluids transmit HIV? How well does HIV survive outside the body? Can I get HIV from anal sex? Can I get HIV from vaginal sex? Can I get HIV from oral sex? How can I... Read more »
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scared, confused, nightsweats, thrush-not tested

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I feel fine, thinking of testing, have present symtoms of night sweats-not heavy and some thrush- I'm so scared- Read more »


Posted by Survivor
...ostracized because of their sexual orientation, their use of drugs, their poverty or their gender. On the 25th anniversary of AIDS first being identified in the United States, our global struggle to survive has come to a dangerous tipping... Read more »

What is HIV?

Posted by Anonymous
HIV stands for: Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is a retrovirus that has been scientifically classified as the primary cause of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (also known as AIDS). HIV destroys the essential conductor of the immune... Read more »

Debunking AIDS in Africa

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Where Are the Data? If four million South Africans are HIV positive, President Mbeki should demand that all four million HIV antibody test results be submitted to him immediately. Neenyah Ostrom -- 09/26/2001 A high-profile argument has erupted... Read more »
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