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HIV / AIDS

This magnified false color image shows the HIV virus (the small sphere - also known as a virion) coming out from a human immune cell. Whilst much of the mechanism of the HIV virus is well understood, its stealthy nature makes it extremely difficult to find an effective treatment.
 

What is HIV / AIDS?

HIV / AIDS is a joint term that describes both a causative virus and the associated affliction.

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This virus invades human immune cells, (specifically, the CD4+T cell, also known as a T-helper cell) mutating them in such a manner so that they become "factories" for producing more HIV virus cells.

HIV is a retrovirus, meaning that its genes are composed of ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecules and its use of the reverse transcriptase enzyme to convert RNA into DNA. This is the reason why the HIV virus can mutate so easily, making it extremely difficult to target with even the most advanced drugs and treatment modalities - whenever a treatment looks promising, the virus can, within a few generations, alter its structure in such a way as to neutralize the treatment.

HIV is tested for by doing examining the subject's blood, looking for signs of HIV anti-bodies, which the body produces to try and fight the virus. The procedure is known as a enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test. Someone who shows signs of the antibodies is known as HIV+. The accuracy of the tests is above 99%.

Once someone contracts the virus, they may not develop any symptoms for many years, passing on the virus via the means described below. Some people who carry the HIV virus do not develop AIDS, but within 2 to 15 years, most HIV+ people do get AIDS unless they undertake a definite treatment regime.

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS, or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Essentially, AIDS is a combination of symptoms that occur when the bodies immune system is so weakened that it can no longer defend the body against infection and illnesses. In fact, no one dies from HIV / AIDS specifically, but rather, they succumb to the various infections and illnesses which normally the bodies defense would deal with. With AIDS, the common cold becomes as dangerous to a sufferer as cancer.

A person has AIDS when they register T-helper cell count of 200,000 per 1mL of blood.

HIV was discovered initially in 1981 in Africa, though there is some recent evidence that it may have been detected as early as 1959.

How is HIV/AIDS spread?
HIV / AIDS can be spread in a number of ways:

  1. Intimate sexual contact - an exchange of bodily fluids containing the HIV virus. The HIV virus first came to prominence in the homosexual community, but soon spread, via bisexual activity as well as blood transfusions of infected samples, to the wider community. Sexual transmission of the virus remains the most common infection mode in South East Asia and Africa.

  2. Intravenous drug usage - where needles are shared with one user being HIV+. This method of transmission prompted a strong public health campaign in Western countries with a good success rate. However, this infection mode is now exploding the spread of the virus in Eastern Europe.

  3. Breast milk - HIV+ mothers breast feeding babies are likely to pass on the infection to their children. This method is creating a large number of infections in Africa.

  4. Blood transfusions - Since blood tests were introduced, this is now quite rare in most Western nations.

The HIV virus cannot be spread by mosquitoes or touching surfaces contacted by HIV+ people. the HIV virus is very weak and does not survive well outside the body. It is exceedingly unlikely to be transmitted by sweat or saliva, though the risk can increase significantly if it makes contact with an open sore.

Where is HIV / AIDS most prevalent?
The days of HIV / AIDS being limited to the homosexual and intravenous drug using communities have long since passed - the virus now reaches all aspects of most society. In the Western industrialized nations, the virus is more or less under control, but in other parts of the world, the story is very different.

In sub-Saharan Africa, HIV / AIDS is a disaster, with almost 26 million living with HIV / AIDS and increasing infection rates. In South East Asia, the figure is around 6 million. In Eastern Europe / Central Asia, the figure is approaching 1.5 million. In Ukraine, for example, with a population slightly less than that of the UK has 10 times as many cases of HIV+ people: about 1% of the population now carry the virus. In Russia the situation is so bad that by 2010, 5% of the population could be infected. With the low birth-rates in these countries, dramatic declines in the population are likely to follow.

In 2001, AIDS deaths exceeded 22 million worldwide in total since the disease was identified. Currently, about 40 million people worldwide are HIV+.

What treatment is available?
Whilst AIDS is incurable at present, advances in numerous drugs have turned AIDS from an almost certain death sentence to a chronic, but manageable, disease...for those who can afford it.

Anti-retroviral drug cocktails (combinations of numerous drugs) have had a tremendous effect in slowing the onset of AIDS.

Drugs such as Abacavir, Efavirenz, Kaletra and Zidovudine are reasonably effective in treating HIV / AIDS and associated side effects. However, they are costly: the drug companies who make them need to recoup the massive investments in time and money spent researching and getting these drugs to market. This puts them out of reach from many individuals in many countries, along with poorer people in many well developed nations.

How can Sutherlandia.Com help?
For this condition, Sutherlandia frutescens is recommended, both Tablets and Gel.

It must be remembered that Sutherlandia Frutescens DOES NOT directly combat the HIV virus or cure AIDS.

There are currently NO cures for HIV / AIDS.

However, what is now becoming clear is that Sutherlandia Frutescens Tablets can help tremendously in preventing or lessening many of side effects of the HIV/AIDS ailment.

Sutherlandia Frutescens Tablets

Sutherlandia Frutescens Tablets can:

  • Reduce the incidence of the wasting syndrome (extreme loss of body weight) associated with the onset of AIDS.
  • Increases the physical strength and endurance of individuals with HIV / AIDS.
  • Decrease the incidence of sadness and depression that is an almost unavoidable side effect for many people once they discover they have HIV / AIDS.

Sutherlandia Frutescens Tablets contain the compounds Pinitol, L-asparagine, L-canavanine and GABA, substances which are all patented in the treatment of many of the side effects of HIV / AIDS. Click on the links to find out more.

Sutherlandia Frutescens Tablets MUST NOT used by pregnant or breast feeding women. To find out more about Sutherlandia Frutescens, click here.

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Sutherlandia Frutescens Gel

Sutherlandia Frutescens Gel contains the compound L-Canavanine, which is patented as an anti-inflammation agent. More details on this compound can be found here. It is very useful in treating many of the skin problems that HIV / AIDS sufferers can develop.

The Gel is also very effective in treating abrasions, minor burns.

To find out more about Sutherlandia Frutescens, click here. To order Sutherlandia Frutescens tablets or gel , click here.

Of Interest
One of the better general information sites about HIV / AIDS can be found here.

 

The UN runs an excellent site on HIV/AIDS, a fact that shows what a global issue it has become. Please click here.

 

The Johns Hopkins University maintains a comprehensive site on al aspects of research on HIV / AIDS. Please click here.

 

The National Institute of Health runs a site explaining the US government's efforts to help fight HIV / AIDS. Please click here.

 

The AMA has a comprehensive site on AIDS here.

 

This site lists all the drugs approved by the US FDA in the treatment of HIV/AIDS and related conditions. Please click here.

News

The disastrous situation of HIV / AIDS in parts of Eastern Europe is clearly highlighted in this BBC report fro the Ukrainian city of Odessa. Please click here for the story.

 

One of the biggest potential dangers for the spread of HIV / AIDS today in the world is in China. The way the government is addressing the problem is of concern, according to this CNN report.

 

It appears that young people need to be re-educated about the dangers of HIV / AIDS. Please click here for the story.

 

The hope for a HIV / AIDS vaccine is still high, though positive results continue to be elusive. Please click here for the Scientific American's take on the situation.

 

 
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