HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS 2017-07-09T16:10:10+00:00

What is HIV?

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) attacks the body’s immune system by destroying the system’s white blood cells, known as T cells. HIV is spread by contact with infected bodily fluids such as blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. If an individual is already infected, taking a regular dosage of antiretroviral therapy (ART) can reduce the amount of HIV virus in the blood and can reduce the risk of transmission to others. Currently, there is no safe and effective cure, but scientists are working hard to discover and develop one.

What is AIDS?

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is the final stage of HIV infection, determined when an individual’s T cell count is below 200. Individuals with AIDS are more likely to develop Opportunistic Infections that often lead to death.

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In the News

  • STOPPING HIV: Lincoln, Linn, Benton Counties partner with new funding November 24, 2017
    The theme of this year's World AIDS Day is, “Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnership.” To move this work forward locally, Lincoln County Public Health will be partnering with Linn County Public Health, Benton County Public Health, and the Confederated Tribes of the ...
  • Moonlight clinics — taking HIV treatment to those who live in the shadows November 24, 2017
    Shivam is on a “moonlight” clinic mission where counsellors speak to people gathered there and encourage them to get tested for HIV and start treatment depending on the outcome. An outreach counsellor with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Shivam explains that their clinics are out on the road ...
  • World AIDS Day message from UNAIDS Executive Director November 24, 2017
    This World AIDS Day, we are highlighting the importance of the right to health and the challenges that people living with and affected by HIV face in fulfilling that right. The right to health is a fundamental human right—everybody has the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical ...
  • First AIDS: Powerful photos of dying patients who opened their lives on London's pioneering HIV ... November 24, 2017
    On April 9, 1987 Princess Diana opened what was then The Middlesex Hospital's Broderip and Charles Bell Wards - and changed the world's conversation on AIDS. Photographer Gideon Mendel's powerful photos show what life was like for the people being treated there. Share; Comments. By.
  • FT Health: HIV — reasons to be cheerful November 24, 2017
    Some communities have higher rates of the disease than others, and many victims are unaware they even have HIV. As Yusef Azad of the UK's National Aids Trust told an FT audience this week, there are still problems with additional diseases coinciding with HIV, mental health support, social care and a ...