Tag: HIV

Experimental Gene Therapy May Control HIV

Experimental Gene Therapy May Control HIV

Researchers say the next big step in HIV treatment is with mutant genes Findings were presented to the 51st Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy which may give hope that a ‘functional cure’ is possible for HIV patients. It was reported that a gene based ‘functional cure’ for HIV is a step closer and [...]

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What are the expected HIV symptoms?

What are the expected HIV symptoms?

The HIV infection affects millions of people worldwide, across all races and both genders. The HIV infection causes damage to the immune system of the body – however this damage is not usually noticed immediately, indeed it may well take years to develop. For this reason it is essential, particularly if you are in a [...]

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Are HIV symptoms in women likely to be different?

Are HIV symptoms in women likely to be different?

Symptoms of the HIV infection not only differ between men and women but also from individual to individual – and, in the early stages, may be extremely vague and easily mistaken for another medical condition entirely. Many of the variation of HIV symptoms in women are due to the biological differences between the sexes. Pap [...]

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HIV transmission

HIV transmission

A recent study has shown that HIV transmission will occur once in every nine hundred times an infected person has unprotected sex with their partner. The study also shows that this risk increases in direct correlation to the viral load of the infected person. This large study showed that if the viral load increased by [...]

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Considerations of the HIV virus

Considerations of the HIV virus

HIV is a sexually transmitted disease that leads to AIDs and is ultimately terminal. The HIV virus is generally considered to be a sexually transmitted disease, although, in fact it may also be transmitted by an accidental needle stick injury, the sharing of dirty needles and/or drug paraphernalia, by contaminated blood, during childbirth and via [...]

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Who should get the HPV vaccine?

Who should get the HPV vaccine?

The HPV vaccine, announced in 2006, has been hailed as a vaccine against cervical cancer. In fact the vaccine affords protection against four (of the one hundred) strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) – this virus is implicated in 70% of cervical cancer cases and is the most commonly sexually transmitted disease in the US. [...]

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Oral Gonorrhea

Oral Gonorrhea

Many people consider oral sex to be safe and gratifying. It does not lead to pregnancy, and lowers the risk of diseases such as HIV, chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea from infected partners. However, it can lead to conditions such as oral gonorrhea. Causes Oral gonorrhea, or pharyngeal gonorrhea, is a sexually transmitted infection of the [...]

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Facts and myths surrounding HIV AIDS

Facts and myths surrounding HIV AIDS

There are many myths surrounding HIV AIDS, facts about the infection and the disease. Having HIV means you have AIDS – FALSE It is possible to have the HIV infection for many years without developing AIDS. Whilst HIV AIDS do occur together AIDS is only diagnosed once an individual has a CD4 cell count of [...]

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HIV symptoms in men

HIV symptoms in men

HIV or the Human Immunodeficiency Virus , is a virus which infects and destroys the immune system, this makes the body vulnerable to disease that it would normally be able to fight off. Left untreated the immune system becomes too weak to fight off illness and a person infected with HIV may develop rare infections [...]

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The importance of an HIV test

The importance of an HIV test

Recommendations in 2006 that everyone should undergo an HIV test in addition to the usual tests for high cholesterol levels or blood pressure caused much discussion within the medical community. The idea of everyone undergoing an HIV test seems to be a good idea in principle – however the practicalities of carrying out this kind [...]

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The New Flu – Influenza 2011

The New Flu – Influenza 2011

The influenza 2011 virus affects the respiratory system but other areas of the body can also become affected too. Any form of influenza can be a very serious illness and some patients may require to be admitted into hospital. The flu season normally begins in autumn and ends in the spring. People can suffer from [...]

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Cervical cancer and screening

Cervical cancer and screening

Recent changes in the recommendations concerning the frequency of screening procedures for cervical cancer mean that women may longer be required to undergo an annual Pap smear test. Pap smear tests are intended to screen women, who show no symptoms, for the early signs of cervical cancer. Despite the reduction in deaths from cancer of [...]

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Should I take the Shingles Vaccine?

Should I take the Shingles Vaccine?

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox, it is called varicella – zoster virus and the reason that this occurs is that after a child has chicken pox the virus doesn’t leave the body, it just lies dormant until a trigger revitalises it and it manifests itself in the adult body [...]

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Anti HIV Drug Test Trials Now Ongoing

Anti HIV Drug Test Trials Now Ongoing

Antiviral anti HIV drugs made out of genetically modified plants are currently being tested on women in England in order to determine their overall safety. The MHRA, a medical licensing body in the UK, has already approved the human trials, which will be taking place at the University of Surrey’s clinical research center in Guildford. [...]

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Blue green algae

Blue green algae

Blue green algae is a combination of Spirulina and Aphanizomenon flos aquae (AFA). Taking the supplement can provide a great number of health benefits. Overview Spirulina is an algae that can be found naturally but also cultured and grown in laboratories. AFA is in greater natural supply and can be found in considerable quantities at [...]

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Numerous Infections During Pregnancy Can Cause Undue Stress and Worry

Numerous Infections During Pregnancy Can Cause Undue Stress and Worry

Pregnancy can be a joyful time for a couple. However, it can also be a scary time with all kinds of infections during pregnancy that can occur. Everybody, at some point in their life, will be afflicted with an infection such as colds and coughs. And, many women suffer with bothersome yeast infections or cystitis. [...]

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How Does Antiretroviral Therapy Work?

How Does Antiretroviral Therapy Work?

Antiretroviral therapy, or ART, refers to the treatment of retroviral infections, such as HIV, with drugs by slowing down the virus’ growth instead of killing it altogether. The Life Cycle of HIV – The virus makes it around inside the bloodstream. – The virus attaches itself to a cell. – The virus leaves all of [...]

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Pregnancy Termination

Pregnancy Termination

When it comes to pregnancy terminations, it is important that people understand their options, the procedure, and the possible complications associated with the situation. For a multitude of reasons, about 20% of all pregnancies around the world are ended. For safety and ethical reasons, many countries have put laws in place which restrict the length [...]

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What can cause sore throat symptoms?

What can cause sore throat symptoms?

A sore throat can occur for many reasons; most commonly it’s due to a virus that leads to the common cold or flu or in some cases a bacterial infection. Other factors that can cause sore throat symptoms include allergies, dryness and muscle strain. Viral Infections The most common viral infections that are known to [...]

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Fighting HIV/AIDS

Fighting HIV/AIDS

It would be extremely dangerous for people to think that we no longer have to fight AIDS. There are approximately 30 million people worldwide who live with HIV. And if the trend continues over the next decade, there will be another 30 million people who will be infected. Governments are reducing the funding in fighting [...]

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