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Virology

The Effects of AIDS on the Body's T-cells

HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, is responsible for the condition called AIDS. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diagnoses of AIDS includes certain symptoms, including a T-cell count less than 200 CD4+ T cells per cubic millimeter of blood or CD4+ T cells accounting for less than 14 percent of all lymphocytes. This low CD4+ T-cell count is what allows a disease, such as pneumonia, to rage unchecked and eventually cause death. People use HIV and AIDS interchangeably, but it's possible to have HIV without developing AIDS; conversely, if you have a diagnoses of AIDS, you have HIV. To understand the effects of AIDS on the body's T cells, you must understand how a virus works, how HIV effects T cells specifically and how HIV becomes AIDS. Here is a synopsis of the process....(more)

STDs: Trichomoniaisis in Men

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there are approximately 19 million new STD infections every year. Trichomoniaisis is a very common infection that is passed through sexual activities. This STD can also infect both women and men. However, in this article you will learn more about trichomoniaisis in men and how it affects them....(more)

Signs & Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of HIV Disease?

This article lists some common symptoms of HIV disease....(more)

Successfully Spotting the Early Signs and Symptoms of HIV

If you suspect that you've been exposed to HIV, it's likely that you are feeling panicky, scared, and helpless. These are all normal feelings, but panicking before you know isn't going to help. If you think you have been exposed, your best bet is to visit a doctor as soon as possible. But, until you make that appointment, here are few thing you may want to know....(more)

Hepatitis A Vaccine and Common Symptoms

Hepatitis is a disease that indicates an inflammation of your liver, but there are five different types of hepatitis that can be transmitted. Some hepatitis viruses do not have a vaccine to help prevent this disease, but hepatitis A does. Learn how to prevent you and your family from obtaining this virus, as once you've contracted it, there is no way to get rid of it. Provided here is more information on hepatitis A, the available vaccine, typical symptoms you experience with this disease, and how complications between hepatitis A arise with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) ....(more)

Treatment

What Can People Living With HIV Do About High Cholesterol?

High cholesterol is often an issue for PLHIV and this article discusses the whys as well as some ideas about how to lower it....(more)

Do Antiretroviral Medications Have Any Other Serious Side Effects?

Though most HIV medications are tolerated easily, there are some cases where side effects can be problematic. This article discusses three of those side effects....(more)

Do Antiretroviral Medications Have Serious Side Effects?

Most side effects from HIV medications are mild. There are some, however, that can be severe and long lasting. ...(more)

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Ed Wolf, featured in the award-winning documentary, "We Were Here," was born in Queens, New York and grew up in North Miami FL. He returned to New York City upon graduation from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Ed attended graduate school in San Francisco CA and has been... Read More

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