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Health News - HIV/AIDS

Is there a link between garlic and HIV?
Garlic does have antiviral properties, but can it help people with HIV? In this article, we look at the research, including whether or not it interacts with HIV medications. (Medical News Today)

Can HIV live and spread outside the body?
HIV cannot live for long outside the body. Several factors, such as temperature, humidity, and sun exposure, can affect how long the virus can live. Learn more about how long HIV lives outside the body here. (Medical News Today)

Intestinal worms in humans and their symptoms
Intestinal worms are small organisms that can live in the human body. They usually enter the body in contaminated foods, drinks, and soil, and can cause gastrointestinal symptoms. Antiparasitic medication will often resolve any issues quickly. Learn more about the different types of intestinal worm here. (Medical News Today)

How does ART work?
HIV medication involves the use of antiretroviral drugs, which suppress viral activity in the body. Learn more about the types and side effects of these drugs here. (Medical News Today)

Is amyl nitrite safe?
People often take amyl nitrite, commonly referred to as poppers, for the euphoric effects. However, taking poppers can have serious health consequences and may be fatal. (Medical News Today)

What to know about HIV false-positives
A false-positive HIV test occurs when a test incorrectly indicates that a person has contracted the virus. It can be stressful, and seeking support, taking another test, and learning the reasons for the result can help, as can taking measures to prevent contracting HIV in the future. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What is it like to live with HIV?
Despite facing some challenges, people with HIV can now live as long as anyone else and enjoy happy and productive lives. Learn more about living with HIV here. (Medical News Today)

How can alternative treatments help with HIV?
Alternative treatments and natural therapies can complement usual HIV medications to improve a person’s mental and physical health. In this article, we look at the benefits, risks, and possible drug interactions related to alternative therapy in people with HIV. (Medical News Today)

HIV and a dry cough: What to know
A dry cough may be a symptom of HIV during the first few weeks after infection, or it may occur with an HIV complication. Learn about the link between a dry cough and HIV here. (Medical News Today)

What is the link between HPV and HIV?
HPV and HIV are both sexually transmitted infections caused by viruses. They are separate conditions with different symptoms, treatments, and preventions. A person with HIV may be more prone to contracting HPV and experience worse complications. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Single-tablet regimens for HIV
Following a single-tablet HIV regimen involves taking one pill per day. The pill will contain a combination of two or more antiretroviral drugs. In this article, we look at the benefits of the single-tablet regimen and provide a list of the relevant drugs. (Medical News Today)

Pictures and symptoms of common STDs
Understanding the symptoms of common STDs can help people notice any changes in their bodies, so that they can identify the signs and get the right treatment. In this article, we provide a visual guide to common STDs with pictures, symptoms, and treatments. (Medical News Today)

What are the complications of HIV?
While modern medical treatments have drastically reduced the risk of HIV complications, people living with HIV may be more prone to certain illnesses. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about HAART for HIV
HAART refers to any treatment for HIV that uses two or more antiretroviral drugs. Also called combined antiretroviral therapy, this regimen revolutionized HIV treatment in 1996, making it possible to manage HIV long-term. HAART can use seven classes of medication and over 30 antiretroviral drugs. (Medical News Today)

What is a 4th generation HIV test?
Fourth-generation HIV tests can detect both HIV antibodies and p24 antigens, while the older tests can only check for antibodies. This means that the newer tests can identify HIV sooner. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

HIV and hair loss: What's the link?
While older HIV drugs may have caused hair loss, this is unlikely with modern medicines. In this article, learn more about the possible links between HIV and hair loss. (Medical News Today)

Differences between HIV-1 and HIV-2
HIV-1 and HIV-2 are the two main types of HIV. Most people with HIV have HIV-1. Genetic differences between the two viruses mean that diagnosis and treatment of HIV-1 and HIV-2 can be different. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What causes HIV-related fatigue?
Fatigue is a common problem among people living with HIV due to its effects on the immune system, psychological factors, or medication side effects. In this article, we discuss the causes and treatments for HIV-related fatigue. (Medical News Today)

Liver health in HIV: This gene indicates new therapeutic targets
A new study explains how the genetic mutation that may have protected our ancestors against the plague could show us how to protect liver health in HIV. (Medical News Today)

What are integrase inhibitors for HIV?
Integrase inhibitors (INSTIs) are a class of HIV medication. They block an HIV enzyme, and this prevents the virus from multiplying in the blood. Some common brand names include Biktarvy, Tivicay, Vitekta, and Isentress. Here, learn about side effects and how these drugs work. (Medical News Today)

Does HIV increase cancer risk?
HIV can weaken a person’s immune system, which can increase the risk of certain types of cancer. Such cancers include Kaposi’s sarcoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and cervical, lung, anal, and oral cancer. However, effective treatment can significantly reduce the risk of developing these cancers. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

HIV and AIDS: A timeline and history
In this article, learn about how HIV and AIDS came to affect humans and how researchers discovered the virus. We also cover how the public response and treatment have evolved over several decades. (Medical News Today)

Undetectable viral load: Everything you need to know
A person has an undetectable viral load when there are so few viral copies of HIV in their blood that a blood test cannot detect them. This is good for a person’s overall health and means that they cannot transmit the virus to another person. Learn more about an undetectable viral load and how doctors measure it here. (Medical News Today)

What are protease inhibitors for HIV?
Protease inhibitors are a class of HIV medication. They block the function of HIV protease enzymes. Taken with other antiretroviral drugs, protease inhibitors help prevent HIV from multiplying. Brand names include Reyataz, Prezista, and Lexiva. Learn about the actions and side effects of protease inhibitors here. (Medical News Today)

What types of pain can HIV cause?
Pain is common in people living with HIV and can include headaches, joint pain, and abdominal cramping. Pain medications, alternative therapies, and home remedies can help a person manage their pain. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

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