Featured AIDS Articles
Descriptions of Featured AIDS Articles
This eMedTV resource explains how AIDS is the most advanced stage of an HIV infection, when microbes that don't normally infect healthy people can be life-threatening. Information on its prevalence, especially among minorities, is also provided.
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) gradually makes the body unable to fight certain cancers and infections. This eMedTV Web page discusses the diagnosis, prevention, transmission, and symptoms of HIV and AIDS.
The body uses selenium (a trace mineral) to help treat or prevent certain health conditions. This eMedTV Web article provides an overview of selenium, including information on how it works, possible side effects, and general safety concerns.
Weight loss, frequent fever, and loss of energy are some common HIV symptoms. This selection from the eMedTV archives offers a detailed list of the symptoms of HIV that can occur at different stages of the infection.
Symptoms of HIV
Signs and symptoms of HIV can range from rapid weight loss to chronic diarrhea to memory loss. As this eMedTV Web page explains, symptoms are similar to those of other illnesses; therefore, a person must be tested to know if he or she has the disease.
This eMedTV Web page describes AIDS symptoms that are usually from opportunistic infections, and can include diarrhea, fever, weight loss, difficulty swallowing, and others. Signs and symptoms of AIDS tend to appear gradually, but can be sudden.
Early Symptoms of HIV
Typically, early symptoms of HIV either do not appear at all or consist of a flu-like illness. This part of the eMedTV archives describes possible early signs and symptoms of this infection, including frequent fever, fatigue, skin rashes, and others.
The total estimated number of AIDS diagnoses through 2003 in the United States is 929,985. This eMedTV segment provides AIDS statistics on death rates and the estimated number of cases by age and ethnicity, as well as exposure category.
Atripla is a prescription HIV and AIDS medication. This eMedTV article describes the various components that are in the combination drug, explains how Atripla works to stop HIV from multiplying, and offers dosing information for the medicine.
In 2003, 1,039,000 to 1,185,000 U.S. residents had HIV, according to recent HIV statistics. This page of the eMedTV archives provides a link to more HIV statistics.
As this eMedTV selection explains, HIV transmission typically occurs through sharing needles or having unprotected sex with an infected person. This page covers the ways HIV can be spread, as well as the ways in which it can't.
Treatment for HIV
As this eMedTV Web page explains, HIV is usually treated with medications such as protease inhibitors and fusion inhibitors. This article discusses the various medications used for treating this virus, and also lists possible side effects.
Kaletra is commonly prescribed along with other HIV medications for the treatment of HIV or AIDS. This eMedTV article describes how this medication works, explains when and how to take it, and lists possible side effects that may occur with treatment.
Benefits of Selenium
There are several selenium benefits, such as treating or preventing conditions like cancer or AIDS. This eMedTV resource further explains how selenium is supposedly beneficial for other health conditions and discusses its use in children.
Truvada is drug that is often used in drug "cocktails" for the treatment of HIV and AIDS. This part of the eMedTV Web site discusses the medication's effects, describes how it works, and explains what you should know before starting treatment.
The prescription drug Megace is licensed for various uses in people with AIDS and certain cancers. This eMedTV Web page describes how this medicine works for specific uses, explains some tips on how to take it, lists possible side effects, and more.
Not sharing needles and not having unprotected sex are the two most important strategies for preventing HIV. This eMedTV resource explains the importance of not engaging in risky behavior, and gives other tips for preventing the spread of this virus.
Sustiva is a prescription HIV and AIDS medication. This article on the eMedTV Web site explains how the medicine works and offers a more in-depth look at the drug's effects, dosing information, possible side effects, and more.
There are seven different groups, or "classes," of HIV medications. This selection from the eMedTV Web site takes an in-depth look at these various classes and explains why most people with HIV or AIDS take a combination of these drugs.
This eMedTV article examines various HIV tests, such as blood tests, urine tests, and oral tests. People are encouraged to see a doctor for testing, because most home-based tests are not FDA-approved, so they are not considered accurate.