ABSTRACT – AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is caused by a virus, HIV (Human Immunodeficiency virus). It is a chronic...
AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is caused by a virus, HIV (Human Immunodeficiency virus). It is a chronic condition where a person’s immune system is weaken by destroying important cells that fight diseases and infection. It cannot be treated but can be controlled with proper medical care.
When a person is infected with HIV, the virus destroys the CD4 cells – a type of white blood cell that helps the body to fight diseases. The body’s immunity decreases as more and more CD4 cells are killed. One can have HIV infection for years before it progresses to AIDS. HIV infection can occur in several ways –
When the infected blood, semen or vaginal secretions enter the body while having sex
Through blood transfusions
By sharing needles contaminated with infected blood
From mother to child during pregnancy, child birth and breast feeding.
There is no cure for HIV but it can be controlled.
Consuming dietary supplements to boost immune system