AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.
It is possible that the main title of the report AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is not the name you expected.
AIDS is an infectious disorder that suppresses the normal function of the immune system. It is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which destroys the body's ability to fight infections. Specific cells of the immune system that are responsible for the proper response to infections (T cells) are destroyed by this virus. Characteristically a person infected with HIV initially experiences no symptoms for a variable period of time. This may be followed by the development of persistent generalized swelling of the lymph nodes (AIDS-related lymphadenopathy). Eventually most patients infected with HIV experience a syndrome of symptoms that includes excessive fatigue, weight loss, and/or skin rashes.
The later stages of HIV infection are characterized by the progressive depression of T cells and repeated infections that can even occur during a course of antibiotic therapy for another infection (superinfections). People with AIDS are particularly vulnerable to "opportunistic infections" from bacteria that other people normally fight off. Pneumocystis carinii, which causes severe inflammation of the lungs (pneumonia), is a common infection that affects people with AIDS. Cancers (malignant neoplasms), and a wide variety of neurological abnormalities, most notably the AIDS dementia complex, may also occur. These neurological symptoms when of HIV, infects the nervous system.
- P.O. Box 4780
- Rockville, MD 20849-6303
- Fax: (305)315-2818
- Tel: (800)448-0440
- Email: ContactUs@aidsinfo.nih.gov
- Website: http://www.aidsinfo.nih.gov
American Sexual Health Association
- P.O. Box 13827
- Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
- Tel: (919)361-8400
- Fax: (919)361-8425
- Email: INFO@ASHASEXUALHEALTH.ORG
- Website: http://www.ashastd.org/
CDC Business Responds to AID/Labor Responds to AIDS
- P.O. Box 6003
- Rockville, MD 20849-6003
- Tel: (877)242-9760
- Fax: (301)562-1050
- Tel: (301)562-1098
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.brta-lrta.org
Center for Peripheral Neuropathy
- University of Chicago
- 5841 South Maryland Ave, MC 2030
- Chicago, IL 60637
- Tel: (773)702-5659
- Fax: (773)702-5577
- Website: http://peripheralneuropathycenter.uchicago.edu/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- 1600 Clifton Road NE
- Atlanta, GA 30333
- Tel: (404)639-3534
- Tel: (800)232-4636
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- Website: http://www.cdc.gov/
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
- PO Box 8126
- Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
- Tel: (301)251-4925
- Fax: (301)251-4911
- Tel: (888)205-2311
- Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/
Health Information Network
- 7211 Greenwood Ave N
- Seattle, WA 98113
- Tel: (206)784-5655
- Fax: (203)784-3240
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- Website: http://www.healthinfonetwork.org
Hemophilia Federation of America
- 210 7th St. SE
- Suite 200B
- Washington, DC 20003
- Tel: (202)675-6984
- Fax: (202)675-6983
- Tel: (800)230-9797
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.hemophiliafed.org
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
- NIAID Office of Communications and Government Relations
- 5601 Fishers Lane, MSC 9806
- Bethesda, MD 20892-9806
- Tel: (301)496-5717
- Fax: (301)402-3573
- Tel: (866)284-4107
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S.
- 90 John St.
- Suite 704
- New York, NY 10038
- Tel: (212)819-9770
- Fax: (212)819-9776
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.siecus.org
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
- 120 Wall Street
- 13th Floor
- New York, NY 10005-3908
- Tel: (212)806-1600
- Fax: (212)806-1601
- Tel: (800)392-6327
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.amfar.org
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Last Updated: 8/8/2007
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