HIV- Human Immune deficiency Virus
AIDS- Acquired Immune deficiency Syndrome
Antibodies- Cells produced by the body to fight infection.
CD4- Fighter cells/ immune cells
Antiretrovirals- Medication to slow the progress of the HI virus
STI- Sexually Transmitted Infection
Kaposi Sarcoma- Aids related cancer
Lesions- Injury to the living tissue of the body, usually as a result of disease or injury
ADC- Aids dementia complex
Adherence- Taking medication exactly as prescribed
Viral evolution- The change in the make-up of the virus. Influences ART
ART- Antiretroviral therapy
VCT- Voluntary counseling and testing
National AIDS Helpline: 0800 012 322
HIV Health Workers Hotline: 0800 212 506
AIDS Consortium: 011-403 0265
AIDS Law Project ALP: 011- 717 8600
National Association of people living with AIDS(NAPWA): 011-872 0975
Treatment Action Campaign (TAC):
Cape Town: 021-364-5489
Eastern Cape: 043-760-0050
CBS News has reported tht a new strain of the HI Virus, that causes AIDS has been uncovered, and this mutated strain is capable of speeding up the process from HIV infection to full blown AIDS by nearly three times its current pace.
This HIV strain CRF19 can progress to full blown AIDS within two to three years of initial infection. At the current rate HIV takes in the region of 10 years to developinto full blown AIDS.
This is a frightening bit of news and although it has only recently been discovered in Cuba, the strain could migrate to other parts of the world.
There is concern that the spread of HIV is not slowing down as initially thought, people have become complacent about protection and prevention of transmission because of the availability of ARVs.
The concern is that tourism in Cuba has opened up and is on the increase, thus making an increase in new infections and spread across the globe a frightening reality. Caution, sense and being informed are what tourists and residents alike need to practise.
This year the same as every year, the chance to stand together and to raise consciousness about an epidemic that is slowly decimating the world and our nation. it is a day in which we commemorate those who have died because of the lack of a cure for HIV/Aids.
Treatment is available but people do not know how to access or are afraid of the stigma attached to the diease and so choose not to access the help that is available.
World Aids Day brings about an awreness of a disease which does not discriminate but at this stage can be lived with. Celebrities such as postars and televison personalities all do their bit to reach a younger generation and make them aware of HIV/Aids and the surrounding issues.
It came to light about a year ago that bee venom has the potential to destroy HIV cells when paired with specific nanoparticles. These nanoparticles are small enough to enter or attach themselve to an HIV cell, the bee venom will as a result be introduced to the cell where it has the ability to tear the protective coating and destroy the HIV cell.
Research continues to seek a way in which to harness this newfound knowledge. The nanoparticles will not destroy the other cells within the body as they seek out the HIV virus. It is hoped that with replicator inhibiting drugs, the spread of the disease within the body and then make use of the bee venom to kill off the cells.
The amount of work that has been done in an attempt to find a cure for HIV/Aids is staggering and although it remains an ongoing battle there is tremendous progress which all involved hope will eventually end in a cure.
HIV appears to have been put to good use once again. A modified strain of HIV was used to clear a 6year old girl of cancer and as late as July 2014 news has come to light that a cancer drug which has been available for a number of years has been identified as part of a potential cure which includes one other drug, to be taken in a two step formation.
As with all medicines, there is extensive testing which needs to be done before anything can be made available to the public. The news at leasts sheds a ray of hope and motivates the fight against AIDS a little more.
last updated on 2 December 2014