AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
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- AIDS related complex
- AIDS Prodrome
- Wasting/Lymph Node Syndrome
- AIDS-Related Complex (ARC)
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 effects 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.
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S.
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amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
120 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005-3908
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
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Atlanta, GA 30333
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
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American Social Health Association
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HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service
P.O. Box 6303
Rockville, MD 20849-6303
CDC Business Responds to AID/Labor Responds to AIDS
P.O. Box 6003
Rockville, MD 20849-6003
Health Information Network
P.O. Box 30762
7211 Greenwood Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98113
Hemophilia Federation of America
210 7th St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
PO Box 6303
Rockville, MD 20849-6303
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Center for Peripheral Neuropathy
University of Chicago
5841 South Maryland Ave, MC 2030
Chicago, IL 60637
Anemia Institute for Research and Education
151 Bloor Street West, Suite 600
Toronto Ontario, M5S 1S4
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