HIV Treatment

HIV treatment basically consists of taking tablets – Antiretroviral Therapy (ART). The trick is to determine which tablets you need to take and when you need to take them. Aside from taking tablets to control the HIV infection directly, HIV treatment also consists of monitoring for and treating any opportunistic infections (i.e. infections that happen when the patient’s immune system is weak) and taking care of the patient’s general health and well being. In this article, we will concentrate on the medicines used to treat HIV...

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HIV Cure

Is there a cure for HIV? The answer is YES! Except there is one big caveat: you have to live to 120 years old! Let me explain. We currently have a lot of medicines used to treat HIV. They work in a variety of ways. Some block the HIV virus from entering the cell. Some stop the HIV virus from copying itself. Some block the HIV virus from joining with our cell’s DNA. All these things achieve one common goal. They interrupt the HIV life cycle so that it cannot reproduce and infect other cells. Our immune system then comes in and kills whatever...

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HIV Testing Fast Facts Infographic

It can be really confusing trying to figure out which HIV test to do and when. This infographic should make things clearer. Quick Summary: 1-3 days – High risk? See us about HIV PEP. Click here for more info. 3-10 days – Don’t bother to test. There is no test that is accurate. 10 days – Do the HIV RNA PCR test. Click here for more info. 28 days – Do the HIV P24 Ag/Ab Combo test. Click here for more info. 84 days (12 weeks) – Do the HIV Antibody test. Although the US CDC and WHO both recommend the HIV Combo...

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World AIDS Day 1st Dec 2014 – Ending the stigma of HIV

Once again we arrive at yet another World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day was first conceived in 1987 by 2 officers of the WHO James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter. It has been held on 1st December every year since 1988. This year, the theme for World AIDS Day 2014 is “Getting to zero”. This theme has remained unchanged since 2011. Slowly but surely, we are realizing that we can be the first AIDS free generation. For the first time in history, the number of people diagnosed with HIV is fewer than the number of people getting access to...

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MMM2 – HIV Screening and Diagnosis

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