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AIDS & HIV

What Is the Difference between HIV and AIDS?

HIV, human immunodeficiency virus, is a virus that attacks your body’s immune system. Viruses are very small particles that need host cells, such as plant, animal, or human cells, for their survival and replication. Some viruses that cause cold or flu enter your body and attack the respiratory or digestive cells. Your immune system, which helps fight infections, has learned to recognize these viruses, and when these viruses enter your body, the immune system...

It Is the HIV Stigma That Divides Us

The stigma that has surrounded HIV disease, and continues to surround it, is real and can be intense. We think stigma is the biggest reason, and maybe the only reason, that makes an individual who is diagnosed with HIV afraid to tell his/her family, friends, and loved ones about the HIV diagnosis. Stigma is also the reason that, unfortunately, families and friends sometimes reject a loved one when the HIV diagnosis is disclosed. The extreme stigma that this particular disease, HIV, carries...

Caring for Your Skin with HIV/AIDS

Seborrheic dermatitis is the most common skin problem experienced by people living with HIV. While it only occurs in about 5% of the general population, it occurs in up to 90% of people with advanced HIV disease. While the cause is not entirely known, it is thought to be due to an excess of skin oil and a yeast called malassezia. Other risk factors for seborrheic dermatitis include: May run in families Stress Fatigue Weather extremes Oily...

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