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Human immunodeficiency virus or HIV, is the virus that causes AIDS. AIDS is the final stage of HIV infection, when your body can no longer fight life-threatening infections. HIV attacks the immune system and weakens your ability to fight infections and disease. There is no cure for HIV, but there are treatments to enable most people with the virus to live a long and healthy life. The best way to prevent HIV is to use a condom for sex and never share needles or other injecting equipment.
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What are examples of immunodeficiency disorders?

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 5:00pm
Immunodeficiency disorders, such as eczema, make it harder for the immune system to fight off infections and bacteria. Learn more about immunodeficiency disorders here.
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How long can a person live with HIV?

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 1:00pm
There is no set length of time that a person can live with HIV. Life expectancy increases as new treatments become available. People can now manage HIV as a chronic condition. Learn more here.
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What types of HIV medications are there?

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:00pm
There are many types of HIV medications, including antiretroviral drugs, which stop the virus from replicating. Learn more about the variety of HIV medications here.
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How to tell if a penis rash is from HIV

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 1:00pm
HIV can cause a rash to develop on the penis. This is an early symptom of HIV that may spread to other areas of the body. The rash may appear red or crusty. There are other potential causes. Learn more here.
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How are psoriasis and HIV related?

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 4:00pm
Doctors estimate that 1 to 3 percent of people with HIV also have psoriasis. In this article, we explore the link between the two, and how the treatments for HIV and psoriasis might interact.
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Is there a link between garlic and HIV?

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 2:00pm
Garlic does have antiviral properties, but can it help people with HIV? In this article, we look at the research, including whether or not it interacts with HIV medications.
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Can HIV live and spread outside the body?

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 12:00pm
HIV cannot live for long outside the body. Several factors, such as temperature, humidity, and sun exposure, can affect how long the virus can live. Learn more about how long HIV lives outside the body here.
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Intestinal worms in humans and their symptoms

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 3:00pm
Intestinal worms are small organisms that can live in the human body. They usually enter the body in contaminated foods, drinks, and soil, and can cause gastrointestinal symptoms. Antiparasitic medication will often resolve any issues quickly. Learn more about the different types of intestinal worm here.
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How does ART work?

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 8:00am
HIV medication involves the use of antiretroviral drugs, which suppress viral activity in the body. Learn more about the types and side effects of these drugs here.
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Is amyl nitrite safe?

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:00pm
People often take amyl nitrite, commonly referred to as poppers, for the euphoric effects. However, taking poppers can have serious health consequences and may be fatal.
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What to know about HIV false-positives

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 2:00pm
A false-positive HIV test occurs when a test incorrectly indicates that a person has contracted the virus. It can be stressful, and seeking support, taking another test, and learning the reasons for the result can help, as can taking measures to prevent contracting HIV in the future. Learn more here.
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What is it like to live with HIV?

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:00pm
Despite facing some challenges, people with HIV can now live as long as anyone else and enjoy happy and productive lives. Learn more about living with HIV here.
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How can alternative treatments help with HIV?

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 7:00pm
Alternative treatments and natural therapies can complement usual HIV medications to improve a person’s mental and physical health. In this article, we look at the benefits, risks, and possible drug interactions related to alternative therapy in people with HIV.
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HIV and a dry cough: What to know

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 1:00pm
A dry cough may be a symptom of HIV during the first few weeks after infection, or it may occur with an HIV complication. Learn about the link between a dry cough and HIV here.
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What is the link between HPV and HIV?

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 6:00pm
HPV and HIV are both sexually transmitted infections caused by viruses. They are separate conditions with different symptoms, treatments, and preventions. A person with HIV may be more prone to contracting HPV and experience worse complications. Learn more here.
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Single-tablet regimens for HIV

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 5:00pm
Following a single-tablet HIV regimen involves taking one pill per day. The pill will contain a combination of two or more antiretroviral drugs. In this article, we look at the benefits of the single-tablet regimen and provide a list of the relevant drugs.
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Pictures and symptoms of common STDs

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 2:00pm
Understanding the symptoms of common STDs can help people notice any changes in their bodies, so that they can identify the signs and get the right treatment. In this article, we provide a visual guide to common STDs with pictures, symptoms, and treatments.
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What are the complications of HIV?

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 1:00pm
While modern medical treatments have drastically reduced the risk of HIV complications, people living with HIV may be more prone to certain illnesses. Learn more here.
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What to know about HAART for HIV

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 5:00pm
HAART refers to any treatment for HIV that uses two or more antiretroviral drugs. Also called combined antiretroviral therapy, this regimen revolutionized HIV treatment in 1996, making it possible to manage HIV long-term. HAART can use seven classes of medication and over 30 antiretroviral drugs.
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What is a 4th generation HIV test?

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 4:00pm
Fourth-generation HIV tests can detect both HIV antibodies and p24 antigens, while the older tests can only check for antibodies. This means that the newer tests can identify HIV sooner. Learn more here.
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