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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 HIVAIDS HIV/AIDS -weakness or fatigue-unusually rapid weight loss-frequent fevers that can last for weeks-heavy sweating at night-swollen lymph glands-minor infections causing skin rashes and mouth, genital, and anal sores-white spots in the mouth or throat-chronic diarrhea-a consistent cough-difficulty remembering things-in girls, severe vaginal yeast infections that don't respond to usual treatment Symptoms Unfortunately, there is no cure for HIV/AIDS. However, antibacterial drugs and immunity boosters will resist infections and prolong lives. Even though people infected with HIV have to live with it their whole lives, they can still stay healthy by taking good care of their bodies in order to live a normal lifestyle. But there is hope; researchers are working on a vaccine to prevent HIV and AIDS before people are infected with it! How Can I Get Treated? WHERE IN THE BODY IS IT? HIV is located in the immune system of the body. The disease destroys CD4 helper lymphocyte, which is a type of defense cell. These cells fight infections and tell other types of immune system cells to be active and start fighting against an invading germ. The virus lands on these CD4 cells and uses it as a place to multiply, therefore destroying the cell's ability to do it's job. When a person lacks the number of CD4 cells required to fight off infections is when they are diagnosed with HIV. The immune system is weakened by the decreased amount of CD4 cells, and therefore cannot fight off other infections, such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, meningitis, and encephalitis. People infected with HIV tend to grow sicker, especially if they are not taking their antiviral medications properly or consistently. HIV affects every body system seeing as it permits some cancers and other fatal diseases in the skin, respiratory and circulatory systems. The HIV virus is spread through unprotected sex and the sharing of needles (to inject drugs or tattooing). Anyone with another form of STD is at a higher risk of getting HIV. You cannot tell simply by looking at a person whether or not they are infected. It is still possible to infect a person with HIV, even if the person carrying the virus has no symptoms at all. A fetus or baby can catch HIV from its mother before birth, during the birthing process, or even by breast- feeding. However, if the mother is tested for HIV and the doctors know that she is infected with the virus, they have the capability to prevent the baby from having HIV. How Does the HIV Virus Spread? DID YOU KNOW? HIV is a fatal disease. A person can be infected with it for up to 10 years before they feel any symptoms. Information from:
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