A specialized gene editing system designed by scientists at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is paving the way to an eventual cure for patients infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In a study published in Scientific Reports, the researchers show that they can both effectively and safely eliminate the… Read more

An experimental vaccine that first primes the immune system, then boosts the immune system to amplify the response, could eventually become a strategy for protecting against global human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) infection, Johnson & Johnson has announced. The announcement is based on the results of a small preclinical study, of an HIV vaccine regimen used… Read more

AIDS Risk Factors

HIV and AIDS do not respect country borders, cultural boundaries, or religion. Anyone can be infected with the virus and many well known celebrities can verify this fact. Anyone can be at risk! If you have certain other risk factors you can have a much higher chance of developing AIDS.

Unprotected Sex

A person may have a higher risk of having the HIV virus or AIDS if they have had unprotected sex with many partners. Anyone, bisexual, homosexual, or heterosexual, can be risk for getting the HIV virus.

If you have had unprotected sex, without protection from a latex or polyurethane condom every time, you are at higher risk. If you had unprotected sex with someone who is HIV positive you have a higher risk of getting the disease.

Existing STDs

AIDS is primarily an immune system disorder but it can also affect the nervous system and lead to serious neurological problems. AIDS develops in the most advanced stages of the HIV infection. In some cases, it could take up to ten years for AIDS to develop after being infected with HIV.

You may not feel any effects after you have been infected with the HIV virus. You may feel achy, feel feverish, and just feel bad, but it often is blamed on the common cold or the flu.

Nerve Cell Health

Although AIDS does not invade the nerve cells it can jeopardize the nerve cells health and performance. Inflammation can occur in the brain and the spinal cord. This can cause behavioral changes, forgetfulness, weakness, and severe headaches.

It can also cause confusion and loss of sensation in the extremities. Researchers have proved that AIDS or HIV infection can make a difference in how the brain processes information and learns new things.