HIV/AIDS Management
What is HIV?
Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) attacks & destroys the cells of the body's immune system, the CD4 cells. It is in three phases:
  • Virus multiplies rapidly 3-6 weeks after infection but body fights it off. 50% of patients develop a brief flu-like illness with fever, tiredness, swollen glands, headache and rashes.
  • Fever subsides and you notice nothing untoward, but body becomes weaker and weaker.
  • Virus defeats the immune system and infections spread through unchecked. This stage is known as AIDS
Treatment of HIV:
You can begin treatment at any phase of the disease, but it is best to start early. Unpleasant side effects may be experienced at the start of treatment but are transient. If these effects don't subside, the drug responsible can be replaced by one that is better tolerated.

A combination of drugs is used to fight the virus on many levels. Regular dosing is essential for long term success & to prevent development of resistant strains. These drugs are known as Anti Retro Virals (ARVs)
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