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AIDS / HIV

Definition

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is characterized by a profound defect in immune function. The cause of AIDS is infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Diagnosis of HIV is made by a positive blood test for HIV antigen and antibodies. Diagnosis of AIDS depends on meeting certain critieria, such as positive HIV test plus a total helper T cell count (CD4 count) of less than 200 cells per mcl, or a ratio of helper T cells to total lymphocytes (CD8 count) that is less than 14 percent.

Signs and Symptoms

The spectrum of HIV infection ranges from a person who tests positive for HIV but has no signs of immune deficiency to a person with full-blown AIDS. Onset of AIDS can be either sudden (with the development of fevers, sweats, malaise, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, headaches, sore throat, diarrhea, generalized swelling of the lymph glands, and/or rash on the trunk) to more insidious (presenting as unexplained progressive fatigue, weight loss, fever, diarrhea, and/or generalized swelling of the lymph glands). Anyone experiencing symptoms suggestive of AIDS should consult a physician.

Causes

Primary risk factors for developing AIDS and HIV infection include sexual contact with an HIV-infected person, intravenous drug use involving needle sharing, or being born to a mother who has HIV.

Natural Medicines

Cat's Claw
St. John's Wort


¹The Pill Book Guide to Natural Medicines, Michael Murray N.D., 04/2002

Natural Medicines


Cat's Claw
St. John's Wort


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