What is syphilis? Syphilis is a bacterial, highly contagious sexually transmitted disease. It must be treated completely or the complications can affect your heart, the brain and other organs in the body. You can even miss the first appearing symptom of syphilis which heals on its own even though the syphilis bacteria continue to grow and multiply inside your body. In other words,you may get syphilis and not know it. –> Continue reading
Stress is a lifelong companion of a person infected with HIV. It is a hopeless situation and the person knows it. Fear of death looms large and there is nothing the person or anyone else can do about it. There is the prohibitive cost of the HIV treatment. Add to it the difficulty of getting a job, what with the stigma attached to the HIV positive patient. Treatment therefore should also cater to this situation.
These social, emotional and financial aspects of the HIV life are managed through counseling. A qualified and experienced counselor can make a significant impression on the life of a HIV patient. –> Continue reading
Preventing getting HIV infection becomes very essential in view of several factors and not just the impending death factor. Treatment can give you a full life but that too has its downturns. The adverse impact on the life of a HIV positive patient is irreversible and the regret of that fateful moment (that sexual act) haunts the patient throughout his/her life. –> Continue reading
There is no cure for HIV and AIDS, but some alternative medicines can complement the HIV treatment (ART). More than 70% of HIV positive persons have turned to alternative medicines in the hope of getting cured. This comes from despair and hope because allopathy declares inability to cure and only promises to control the virus.
The ideal thing to do would be to combine the alternative treatment with antiretroviral therapy (ART). Not taking ART would be suicidal. Combination of alternative medicine with ART is called “complementary” or “integrative” medicine. –> Continue reading
There is no remedy to cure HIV infection and AIDS. These home remedies and lifestyle habits will help to increase your immunity which is very necessary in a HIV positive person. These are the dos and don’ts which a HIV/AIDS patient must religiously follow.
Besides depending on your doctor to treat you for HIV/AIDS with medicines and drugs belonging to Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART), there is always something you can do to contribute positively to the treatment. You must improve your lifestyle habits and use some home remedies for HIV and AIDS. –> Continue reading
Monitoring the response to the HIV/AIDS treatment is as important as administering the treatment. It is important that the HIV is being controlled by the treatment as this will check the damage that is being done to the immune system. Damage beyond a certain level is irreversible and can result in early death. –> Continue reading
Interaction between two drugs means that the two drugs interact with each other in the body and reduce the concentration of one or both. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) medicines used to treat HIV/AIDS do interact with other medications. This can reduce the efficacy of the ART medications and/or the medicines taken for other health conditions because interactions can cause the blood levels of the medicines to fall. There can even be serious side effects or toxic reactions. –> Continue reading
The aim of the treatment for HIV and AIDS is mainly to treat the HIV disease. The second priority should be to keep the person comfortable not just physically but also psychologically. Psychological comfort is given by counseling and physical comfort is given by ART drugs with the least side effects. Side effects HIV/AIDS medication, if any, should be dealt with by the treating doctor. –> Continue reading
Treatment and medicines for HIV/AIDS do not cure this condition. They only suppress the growth and multiplication of the virus and prevent it from further damaging the immune system of the person. This prevents opportunistic infections from setting in.
This plan of treating HIV infection and AIDS is called Antiretroviral Therapy (ART). ART reduces the levels of HIV to even undetectable levels but the person still stays infective and can transmit the infection to others. Treatment for HIV and AIDS has to be taken lifelong without breaks.
Tests to diagnose HIV/AIDS can be done on the patient’s blood, oral fluid (not saliva) taken with a swab or urine. These tests work on one principle: They detect the antibodies to the virus or the antigen itself or the RNA. Urine testing is however rarely done due to inaccuracy.
Tests to diagnose HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) should form a routine part of all testing programs. Even a flu-like picture should warrant a test to diagnose HIV/AIDS. (Read HIV/AIDS symptoms to understand why). Though this may sound simple and unconvincing, this adherence may well save a lot of lives. –> Continue reading