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What are the complications of HIV?

What are the complications of HIV?

HIV is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system, reducing its ability to fight off illnesses. While over 1.1 million people in the United States live with HIV, 1 in 7 are unaware of their condition. With treatment, some people with HIV can considerably reduce their risk of complications and have a life expectancy […]

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HIV and hair loss: What’s the link?

HIV and hair loss: What’s the link?

HIV is a viral infection that attacks the immune system and causes several symptoms and complications. Although people with HIV may experience hair loss, it is not a typical symptom. Other factors, such as medications and co-occurring conditions, may contribute to thinning hair. In this article, we look at the possible causes of hair loss […]

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Does HIV increase cancer risk?

Does HIV increase cancer risk?

People with HIV are now able to live long and healthy lives due to the development of very effective treatments. However, these people may be at higher risk of developing certain types of cancer due to HIV’s effect on the immune system. In this article, we will look at which types of cancer people living […]

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Undetectable viral load: Everything you need to know

Undetectable viral load: Everything you need to know

Advances in medicine have made it possible for a person living with HIV to have an undetectable viral load with traditional blood testing methods. If HIV is undetectable over an extended period, it is also untransmittable. An undetectable viral load is when a person has so little of the virus in their blood that a […]

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What is an HIV viral load?

What is an HIV viral load?

Viral load refers to the amount of HIV in a person’s blood. HIV treatments aim to reduce the viral load until the virus is no longer detectable, which mean it is also untransmittable. In this article, we discuss what viral load means for people living with HIV and their partners, the links between viral load […]

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Causes of mouth sores in people with HIV

Causes of mouth sores in people with HIV

Mouth sores, also known as ulcers, are a common symptom of HIV. Mouth sores can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life if they do not get treatment. People living with HIV are more likely to develop oral health problems because the virus can weaken the immune system, which makes it harder […]

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What to know about a fever and HIV

What to know about a fever and HIV

One of the earliest indications of an HIV infection can be a fever. A fever in early-stage HIV infection may be a symptom of the virus rapidly multiplying in the body. A fever usually occurs within 2 to 4 weeks of exposure to the virus. Sometimes, a person may mistake a fever and other symptoms […]

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HIV and AIDS: Transmission myths and facts

HIV and AIDS: Transmission myths and facts

It is not possible to transmit or contract AIDS, which is advanced or stage 3 HIV. There are many myths about HIV transmission, but debunking them can give people a better understanding of what precautions to take and when to see a doctor. Innovations in testing and treatment have greatly reduced the risk of contracting […]