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How does HIV affect the body?

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How does HIV affect the body?

It is likely that you know what HIV is, but do you really know how it can affect the body? What does HIV do to your body?   Known as the human immunodeficiency virus, HIV primarily infects a type of white blood cell found in your immune system called a CD4+ cell (a type of white blood cell also called a T cell). White blood cells (also called leukocytes) are immune system cells that protect your body against both infectious diseases and potential foreign invaders. As the HIV virus progresses, without the intervention of treatment, the continuous destruction of white blood cells...

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What are the stages of HIV Infection?

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What are the stages of HIV Infection?

How long does it take for HIV to infect the body? What is HIV/AIDS?   HIV is the abbreviation for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is a widespread virus that infects immune system cells and destroys them. See our blog post on ‘How does HIV affect the body?’ to find out more. Once the virus has destroyed too many immune system cells for the immune system to function properly, the virus is said to have progressed onto the AIDS stage of infection. AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. AIDS is a disease that has been prevalent for many decades and...

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What is the treatment for HIV?

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What is the treatment for HIV?

What is the treatment for HIV? HIV is a treatable condition if you #KnowYourStatus, which is why it is so important to test. Treatment methods are now widely used to combat new HIV infections. Currently, the most effective method of treatment is antiretroviral treatment (ART) which consists of a combination of antiretroviral drugs that work to supress the virus and stop the progression of the disease. This treatment can be as little as one tablet taken daily. Huge reductions have been observed in rates of deaths and new infections since ART has been more widely available, especially if the treatment is administered...

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Why get tested for HIV?

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Why get tested for HIV?

Why get tested for HIV? Testing is the only way to know whether you have HIV or not and if you don’t test, you can’t treat. Is testing easy? It’s never been easier! In addition to traditional clinical testing (where a healthcare worker does the test for you in a clinic) and home sampling (where you take your own large blood sample and pot off to a lab) you can now test yourself! It is very simple and takes only a few minutes to #KnowYourStatus with a BioSURE HIV Self Test. Take control. Just follow the few easy steps, a Prick, Suck and a...

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Can you have a HIV negative baby if you're HIV positive?

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Can you have a HIV negative baby if you're HIV positive?

Being HIV positive and having a HIV negative baby With the improvements in medicine (anti-retroviral treatments / ARTs) if one partner is HIV negative and one is HIV positive (serodiscordant couple) or you are both HIV positive, you can live healthy sexual and reproductive lives, as long as meds are being taken regularly and viral suppression has occurred. If you would like to start or add to your family you can have regular (or not so regular!) sex to conceive a baby without the fear of transmission. As long as your levels of virus in your blood are undetectable! U=U (Undetectable equals...

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