HIV Replication Animation
An HIV positive individual undergoes and intense battle from the time of infection until development of disease in which the immune system is counteracting the destruction of T cells by increasing new T cells at a higher rate. The battle to keep up is eventually lost and then the disease symptoms begin.
HIV disease: fatigue, mild fever, sore muscles, occasional diarrhea, swollen lymph nodes, T cell count drops to 800/cc.
AIDS Related Complex: exaggerated symptoms of HIV disease, persistent fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, diarrhea, weight loss, night sweats, candidiasis, T cell count drops to 400/cc, psychological stress and fear.
AIDS: T cell count reaches 25/cc, constant swollen nodes, nausea, intense fatigue, vomiting, headaches, heavy night sweats, brain disease with dementia and disorientation, wasting with cholera like diarrhea and severe weight loss, opportunistic diseases.
HIV antibodies determined by ELISA followed by Western blot and gene probes for definite identification, AZT and nucleotide analogs can be given to interfere with DNA synthesis by reverse transcriptase but these drugs also poison the body, ____ can be given to prevent HIV attachment to T cells, Predicted to be 20 million cases in work by year 2000.