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How can we prevent aids patients from dying from pneumonia?

How can we prevent aids patients from dying from pneumonia?

Treat HIV: Appropriate management of the HIV disease to restore immune function is the key, and then treatment of the causative agent of the pneumonia is next. This is often pnemocysitis, but can potentially be due to a host of different organisms, and specific diagnosis will determine best choices of medications. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff
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Aids (Definition)

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, is the final stage of HIV, which causes intense damage to the immune system. It is associated with a low CD4 lymphocytes count and clinical signs of immune dysfunction. Specifically, AIDS begins when the CD4 cell ...Read more


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What is aids and what can you do to prevent it?

AIDS or acquired: Immunodeficiency syndrome is an illness caused by the progression destruction of part of the human immune system by the human immunodeficiency virus. It is transmitted from person to person via sexual exposure (especially in male to male circumstances and not efficiently heterosexually) and from blood transfusion or needle sticks from contaminated blood. Safe sex is best for protection. ...Read more

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Do all condoms prevent aids equally?

Do all condoms prevent aids equally?

NO !!!: Read the packages carefully. The "natural" condoms usually do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (std's) including hiv/aids, hepatitis, herpes, etc. The labeling will often say natural, lambskin, ultra sensitive, etc. Sperm are big, but bacteria and viruses are small: get the condom that protects you from both. Also remember, no condom is 100% effective. Be careful out there! ...Read more

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Are there drugs that prevent HIV from ever turning into aids?

Are there drugs that prevent HIV from ever turning into aids?

Antiretrovirals: There are drugs called antiretrovirals that when taken in combinations (often three drugs at one time) can extend the lives of patients with HIV for many decades. These drugs can result in boosted immune function (preservation of high cd4+ cell counts) and can reduce measurable viral loads to undetectable levels. These drug combinations are, however, not a 'cure' for hiv. ...Read more

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How effective is HIV medication in preventing HIV forming into aids?

How effective is HIV medication in preventing HIV forming into aids?

Very: Modern anti-retroviral therapy when taken properly is extremely effective at halting the progression of HIV and helping the immune system recover so that an HIV infected individual does not develop aids. ...Read more

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Is it true that aids helps prevent you from getting certain cancers?

Is it true that aids helps prevent you from getting certain cancers?

What?: If you are talking about aids (the disease) it can make you more succeptible to certain cancers like kaposi sarcoma, cervical cancer, and some lymphomas. If you are talking about nutritional aids (supplements), nope, they don't make you cancer proof. Nothing can protect you 100% against cancer, my friend. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are their medicines that prevent HIV from ever turning into aids?

Can you tell me, are their medicines that prevent HIV from ever turning into aids?

Yes.: There are many medications that halt the progression of HIV infection. These drugs are known as "antiretroviral" medications. When two or three drugs are taken together in combination, they can suppress viral load to undetectable levels and stabilize patients, allowing for decades of essentially normal life. These drugs must be taken faithfully and as prescribed, and they are not a "cure"... ...Read more

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Which are the different ways for aids prevention?

Multiple: Short of becoming celibate 1. Choose sexual partners carefully and before actively engaging in activities, undergo mutual testing. 2. Avoid promiscuity and multiple partners. 3. Maintain universal protection through condom usage. 4. Avoid illicit drug use, needle sharing or other risky activities on a society level, make sure all infected persons are treated aggressively to maintain low viral load. ...Read more

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Should women be celibate for aids prevention?

Should women be celibate for aids prevention?

I hope not.: Although not the only means of getting HIV infection, sex is a major route, but there are a variety of protective mechanisms. Many women i know have begun to carry their own condoms in order to be prepared if a new partner does not have any. Continued protection is essential until they are sure that their partner is free of disease and is monogamous. A difficult task. ...Read more

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Should everyone be circumcised for aids prevention?

No,in most countries: Circumcision has been shown to significantly reduce HIV infection rate in african males in areas with a high incidence of HIV aids in the population. It certainly makes sence in those countries. However the same logic does not apply in n.America or europe where the incidence of aids is much lower & population is more aware of risky sexual practices & advantages of using condom prophlyactics. ...Read more

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Why isn't aids prevention taught more ?

Good question: Aids prevention should be taught more... But this involves a discussion of very sensitive topics -- sex, drug use etc. Most folks are very uncomfortable discussing these topics and this is especially challenging with children or teens. ...Read more

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Can condoms prevent you from getting aids?

Can condoms prevent you from getting aids?

Yes.: Condoms are an effective means of decreasing the spread of hiv. It is important to use a condom every time that intercourse happens. Using a spermicidal lubricant can also help to decrease HIV transmission. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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Should women be circumcised for aids prevention?

Should women be circumcised for aids prevention?

No, No, No: Female circumcision is genital mutilation and banned in all civilized countries. It involves ampuating the clitoris. Some women have clitoral hood trimmed, usually to enhance clitoral sensation, but this is not female circumcision. ...Read more

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What are your views on HIV prevention in light of all that aids 2012 hoopla?

What are your views on HIV prevention in light of all that aids 2012 hoopla?

More than hoopla: We now know that treatment of hiv+ people virtually eliminates the risk of transmission. Hiv-negative people can prevent infection with condoms, but for those who don't use them consistently, we now have prep. There's no reason anyone should be getting infected these days, but we've got a long way to go before we stop this epidemic through prevention. ...Read more

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Why isn't sex education and aids prevention taught more ?

Complex: There are many in our communities who feel that organized sexual education interferes with their prerogatives as parents, and some that it intrudes on their religious beliefs. It has become extremely difficult to develop agreement on who should be tested, to say nothing of offering education. This is done commonly in many countries in europe, and explicit ads on tv are common. Not here. ...Read more

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Why isn't sex education for aids prevention taught more ?

Why isn't sex education for aids prevention taught more ?

Complex: There are many in our communities who feel that organized sexual education interferes with their prerogatives as parents, and some that it intrudes on their religious beliefs. It has become extremely difficult to develop agreement on who should be tested, to say nothing of offering education. This is done commonly in many countries in europe, and explicit ads on tv are common. Not here. ...Read more

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What measures do blood banks take for the prevention of aids?

What measures do blood banks take for the prevention of aids?

Very conservative: Blood banks have become very stringent nowadays. Donors are evaluated for anything that might make their blood unsafe to use. Screening includes HIV and viral hepatitis. The donor must also answer questions about medical history and take a short physical examination to make sure the donation is not hazard. Immunosorbent assays and ever pcr are employed. ...Read more