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HIV / AIDS treatment

AIDS/HIV has developed into a major disease, with over 33.2 million people living with it as of 2007. It is only transferable through contact with infected blood or sex. It wears down the immune system, deteriorating it over time, making the body susceptible to many illnesses.
Exposure to body fluids that are infected, or through sexual intercourse. It can be transferred through breastfeeding or at birth by the mother.
Typical prevention can be regular screenings for the virus, and contracting HIV/AIDS can be prevented by not engaging in sexual activity with anyone infected. Also medical workers, working around blood and body fluid should not let it come in direct contact with them. Another widespread prevention method is education - people should be informed about the virus and the ways it is transmitted.
Common Symptoms
HIV symptoms are the contraction of many diseases that the body's immune system normally would take care of, called opportunistic infections. Also a high probability of developing infections and tumors develops.
Rare Symptoms
Pelvic inflammatory disease, short term memory loss, and Shingles can occur.
Traditional Treatment
Although no cure exists, HIV is slowed with antiretroviral drugs such as Abacavir, Didanosine, Emtricitabine, Lamivudine, Stavudine, Tenofovir, Zalcitabine, Zidovudine, and for the later stages of the virus Amprenavir, Atazanavir, Fosamprenavir, Indinavir, Lopinavir, Ritonavir, Saquinavir are used. The Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy and Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors treatm View more...
Alternative Treatment
Taking Selenium supplements has been shown to slow the virus. Vitamin A, Zinc and Iron have also been shown to slow the effects of HIV in adults.
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Research and Development
Research at UCLA has led scientists to believe that stem cells may hold the answers. By replacing genes in T-cells, they hope make T-cells able fight off HIV on their own, which has been been successful in animals.
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Famous People with HIV/AIDS

Magic Johnson

The world was stunned when Dream Team basketball player Magic Johnson announced that he was HIV-positive in 1991.


Freddie Mercury

The charismatic lead singer of Queen contracted HIV in the early years of the AIDS epidemic.


Gia Carangi

Gorgeous model Gia was one of the first world-famous people to die of AIDS, in the days when few treatments were available.



Gangsta rapper Eazy-E thouht he was having problems with asthma, but died of AIDS within a month of diagnosis.

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Rock Hudson

"His legacy will be our continued fight for a cure for AIDS," said Dynasty co-star Linda Gray of the first major star to die of AIDS.



Liberace's manager claimed that the entertainer's extreme weight loss came from the Watermelon Diet, not AIDS.

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Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe contracted HIV during heart surgery, in the days before the blood supply was routinely tested for the virus.


Isaac Asimov

Although Isaac Asimov showed symptoms of AIDS after heart surgery, his doctors refused to test him.


Greg Louganis

Greg Louganis originally thought HIV was a death sentence, but his cousin convinced him to stay active.


Tommy Morrison

Did boxer Tommy Morrison have HIV and shake it off, or did he never have it at all?

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