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Specific STD Study

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Courtney Latham

on 11 April 2011

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Diarrhea that lasts for more than a week
Dry cough
Memory loss, depression and neurological disorders
Profound, unexplained fatigue
Rapid weight loss
Recurring fever or profuse night sweats
Red, brown, pink or purplish blotches on or under the skin or inside the mouth, nose or eyelids
Swollen lymph glands in the armpits, groin or neck
White spots or unusual blemishes on the tongue, in the mouth, or in the throat AIDS Symptoms of AIDS are caused by the deterioration of the immune system and the decline of CD4+ T cells, which are the immune system's key infection fighters. As soon as HIV enters the body, it begins to destroy these cells Signs
Symptoms Did you know? What is AIDS? HIV is a virus that gradually attacks immune system cells. As HIV progressively damages these cells, the body becomes more vulnerable to infections, which it will have difficulty in fighting off. It is at the point of very advanced HIV infection that a person is said to have AIDS. It can be years before HIV has damaged the immune system enough for AIDS to develop.
Where can I get tested? Oral Fluid Tests – use oral fluid (not saliva) that is collected from the mouth using a special collection device.
Urine Tests – use urine instead of blood. The sensitivity and specificity (accuracy) are somewhat less than that of the blood and oral fluid tests.
HIV Antibody- detects an accumulation of antibodies the body produces in response to exposure to the HIV virus. This test is used for previous exposure to HIV or as a baseline test to determine past exposure.
HIV by PCR- a highly sensitive test that detects more acute exposure to the HIV virus. This test is used for high risk exposure through risky lifestyle choices or sexual contact with someone who engages in high risk behaviors Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Some types of tests include... Charter Oak Health Center
(21 Grand Street, Hartford) East Hartford Community Health Center
(94 Connecticut Boulevard, East Hartford) Fair Haven Community Health Clinic
(374 Grand Avenue, New Haven) Hill Health Corporation
(400-428 Columbus Avenue, New Haven) Any licensed physician may examine and provide treatment for human immunodeficiency virus infection, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome for a minor, only with the consent of the parents or guardian of the minor unless the physician determines that notification of the parents or guardian of the minor will result in treatment being denied or the physician determines the minor will not seek, pursue or continue treatment if the parents or guardian are notified and the minor requests that his parents or guardian not be notified. Many of the programs that participate in the “HIV. Live with it. Get Tested!” campaign offer free or low cost HIV testing to youth. Many other organizations across the country offer free testing year round. Generally, you should be able to find a place where testing is free or low cost for youth. Although there is no treatment currently available that can cure people of HIV or AIDS, a number of therapies have been developed to help them stay healthier and live longer.

Some medications target HIV itself, to reduce the virus's assault on the immune system, or to even prevent the virus from entering human immune cells.
Other treatments are used to treat or prevent specific opportunistic infections that threaten the health of people with HIV-damaged immune systems.
Nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs).NRTIs interrupt an early stage of HIV replication by interfering with the activity of reverse transcriptase.
Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs).NNRTIs also work by hindering the action of reverse transcriptase.
Protease inhibitors. Protease inhibitors interrupt a later stage of viral replication.
Fusion inhibitors. Fusion inhibitors prevent HIV from entering human immune cells. Some drugs have been developed to interfere with the activity of these viral enzymes and slow down the multiplication of the virus. Sexual intercourse
Contact with an infected persons blood
Through blood transfusions
From an infected, pregnant woman to her baby
Shared drug needles Ways to become infected are... Condoms are the only contraceptive method that may protect against HIV In 2009, 352 people were diagnosed with HIV in Connecticut....4 people between the ages of 13 and 19 were diagnosed
Since the epidemic began over 500,000 people have died from HIV and AIDS HIV and AIDS is 100% preventable! BY: Courtney Latham http://yourstdhelp.com/connecticut.html









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