Oct 03, 2012
*Low risks with open mouth kissing unless there is open sore or blood transmission
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
HIV attacks T cells namely CD 4 cells and decreases the normal immune response which increases the risk of infections and certain cancers.
Acquired Immune Deficiency (AIDS)
Most advanced form of HIV infection.
Diagnosis of AIDS
Developing an AIDS defining opportunistic infection or cancer such as Pneumocystis, TB, toxoplasmosis, Kaposi’s sarcoma
CD4 count <200/mm3
May take 10 YEARS for symptoms to develop.
DISEASE CAN BE SPREAD AT ANY STAGE!!!!
Early diagnosis and treatment prolongs life.
Know Your HIV Status! Know your partner's HIV status!
Practice safe sex!
Antiretroviral therapy is used to treat the disease.