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Published on December 24, 2010 by   ·   1 Comment

HIV is simply Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It refers to a type of virus that is known to cause disease in only human beings and can only be transmitted through human contact.

The virus, when contracted, suppresses the immune system of human beings by destroying the white blood cells that help the body to fight infection.

There are two types of the human immunodeficiency virus, they are

HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is found in all parts of the world while HIV-2 is found mostly in West Africa and it is not as dangerous as HIV-1.

An individual may be infected for many years with HIV without being aware because no symptoms are associated with the early stage of infection of the virus. The infected individual, although unaware of his HIV status, is able to infect others.

From the point of infection, the virus begins to damage the immune system, although it tries to fight back and can do so for as long as 10 years, depending on the health and lifestyle of the individual. Eventually, the virus continues to do damage until the immune system is too weak to fight back.

AIDS, referred to as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, is an advanced stage of HIV infection when the body’s immune system is no longer able to fight infections that the body would normally be able to withstand.

AIDS is an end stage of HIV infection and not a separate illness. It is at this point that signs and symptoms are manifested.

At this point, the infected person becomes vulnerable to picking up other infections. These are referred to as opportunistic infections because they take advantage of the compromised immune system to cause illness in the body.

It is also important to note that AIDS is not a disease in itself, but a collection of infections that occur when the body’s immune system does not work any more and the body cannot protect itself from diseases.

When people get tested for HIV and are found to be infected, they are referred to as having been tested as HIV positive and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), while those that have tested for HIV and found not to be infected are referred to as HIV negative.

At present, there is no cure for HIV and it is believed that most people living with HIV/AIDS will eventually die of AIDS-related illnesses, but with the advancement in treatment therapies for HIV and opportunistic illnesses, the prognosis for PLWHA has dramatically extended.

PLWHA are now able to have negative children and live longer and healthier than PLWHA a decade ago. With further research into the field, it is believed that a cure may be developed or at the least, the life span of PLWHA be so extended by adequate treatment and care that will be comparable to those not infected by HIV.

When bacteria, parasites, etc., enter the body, they are recognised as foreign and this signals the immune system to kick into action.

The immune system seeks the foreign invaders and destroys them, but when the immune system does not perform its primary task of defending the body adequately, the result is infection of the body.

To be continued

•This piece has been written for the purpose of HIV/AIDS education by Dr. Rotimi Adesanya, a medical practitioner and trained HIV/AIDS counsellor. Visit www.doctoradesanya.blogspot.com.

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1 Comment for “HIV/AIDS”

  1. To be rest assured with the very possibility of long life and total cure from H.I.V,is the ultimate dream all humans on earth.A hope for life?This is exactly what the Holistic Medical Practitioners strive to achieve.Everyday is a fight to rid the world of the dreaded diseases!

    Can you imagine?A bio holistic cure so potent and equally powerful,it totally removes H.I.V from the body?Many people have received many different form of alternative treatment for H.I.V,and in the end,none can measure up to the new holistic cure.

    How real is this treatment?How come nobody has ever heard of it?Is this for real?These are numerous questions asked by a lot of people who discreetly sought for a cure and still do not call for attention to themselves.Do not be deceived by propaganda of the drug world.Let us be factual about this issues.If really such a claim is real and exists,should it be kept hidden due to pressure,from big drug corporations?Why sideline the very possibility of alternative holistic medicine in the face off finding a way out of this dilemma?

    This is no joke as saving humanity is more than just spending countless funds on HIV regimens and ARV`s that will in the end,kill patient due to side effects.Truly,there are scam products all about and many products without patent.Others still believe so strongly in this cure,based on testimonies of different patients who remain anonymously hidden but cured totally.But why hide?Why this need for secrecy,anonymity and neutrality?Many such people who have used other therapies for this virus claim about 89% to 97% more fulfilling and potent than normal everyday ARV`s.Can such treatment exist without authorization from W.H.O?What do drug regulatory bodies have to lose?And what really do they have to gain either by keeping such possibilities hidden?There is a rumor about an ultimate plot to control humanity by the top people and government sponsored corporations.Rumors about a propaganda by world government.

    It would seem that there exists a sort of system used by practitioners of holistic medication which achieves(as it may seem) the same kind of result as western treatments,if not more.The reason for this is that,holistic treatment follows its own doctrines and laid down rules to curative medication and health.People must try to note that there are numerous other means of viral ailments like H.I.V,HERPES,etc.Can there truly exist a bio holistic cure for destroying H.I.V 100%?Given other alternative treatments such as Ayurveda,Homeopathy,Silver Therapy etc?

    The bulk of the whole issue is that if truly holistic alternative bio treatment exist and can potently and effectively combat and destroy H.I.V,then we need to ask ourselves why knowledge of its limitless possibilities have not been bestowed upon humanity.Why keep it a secret?why not help people suffering all over the globe with this?Why the propaganda that no cure?if a cure is forthcoming from holistic angles i think such should be funded and supported for the continuity of human life and humanity as a whole.Imagine the possibility of a holistic cure for h.i.v?people have rumoured this as the new trend,HOLISTIC CURE

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