AIDS is an immune system disorder in which the body’s ability to defend itself is greatly diminished. When human immunodeficiency virus ( HIV, the virus that causes AIDS) invades key white blood(immune) cells called T lymphocytes and multiplies, it causes a breakdown in the body’s immune system, eventually leading to overwhelming infection and/ or cancer—and , ultimately, to death.
Those who abuse drugs and those who engage in sexual intercourse with persons whose sex or drug history places them at risk of HIV, with persons whose sex or drug history is unknown, or who have had multiple partners, are likewise considered to be at risk for the disease.
Worldwide, more than 40 million people are carrying the HIV virus and more than 20 million have died of complications of AIDS. In Africa, roughly 8,500 new infections occur each day. Alarmingly, millions of people living outside industrialized countries are infected with HIV, and most of these cases are due to a different strain of the virus than cases commonly studied in the Unites states and Europe. An estimated 5 million people in low- and middle income countries do not have the AIDS drugs that could save their lives.
CAUSE AND RISK FACTORS
Most people get the HIV virus by:
• Having sex with an infected person.
• Sharing a needle (shooting drugs) with someone who’s infected.
• Being born when their mother is infected, or drinking the breast milk of an infected woman.
SIGN AND SYMPTOMS
The first symptoms of HIV and AIDS are nonspecific and variable. One of the most common is a tongue coated with white bumps. This is oral thrush, or candidiasis. Candidiasis indicates a compromised immune system. Intestinal parasite is another common problem. Other possible symptoms include: ——-
• Prolonged, unexplained fatigue.
• Swollen glands( lymph node)
• Unexplained fever lasting more than ten days.
• Excessive sweating (especially at night).
• Mouth lesions, including thrush and painful, swollen gums.
• Sore throat.
• Shortness of breath
HIV/AIDS SELF TEST
There is a new test available called the OraQuick HIV-1 Antibody Test .Because of the potential public health benefits of rapid HIV testing the CDC and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service are working with officials to make the test widely available.
• The FDA has approved only one home test kit, the Home Access Express HIV-1 Test
• System from Home Access Health Corporation. Beware of fraudulent or unproven home
• HIV test kits. Doctor say if a kit claims to provide” instant” test results through a visual
• Indicator such as a colored dot on a piece of paper after saliva has been applied, the
• Outcome may be unreliable. If you believe you have used a questionable test kit, contact
• Your doctor for another test or use the approved test kit.
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