from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A retrovirus that causes AIDS by infecting helper T cells of the immune system. The most common serotype, HIV-1, is distributed worldwide, while HIV-2 is primarily confined to West Africa.
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- Initialism of human immunodeficiency virus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. infection by the human immunodeficiency virus
- n. the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS); it replicates in and kills the helper T cells
On the other hand, you can argue that because the frequent mandatory HIV screening helps keep the overall infection rate so low, the expense of treating HIV+ personnel will be a drop in the bucket relative to the total amount that the military spends on all medical services for members and veterans.
I don't care how many visits to West Hollywood book stores you make, how many times you scrub your church's website, or how many times you send money to Africa to fight HIV/AIDS (oh yeah, I'm HIV+ too!).
From HIV to Home A non-profit working domestically and internationally to connect HIV+ orphans with adoptive families.
I don't think a husband sleeping with his wife and giving her HIV can be construed as a "malevolent act" unless he knew he was HIV+ and didn't tell her nor do anything to protect her.
If each HIV test costs $20 then this campaign will cost at least $20 million, but since at most .5% of the general population you are spending $20 million to identify at most 5,000 HIV+ Los Angeles residents, or a cost of $4,000 per person.
When are the HIV anti-discrimination and confidentiality protection statutes in California and other states going to be updated to handle the ramifications of a surge in the numbers of the known HIV+ population in the state and nation?
For example, the CDC recommends that all pregnant women who get regular pre-natal care should get an HIV test early in the pregnancy (this is because new drugs have reduced the rate of mother-child HIV transmission dramatically) but there are no particular plans in place (that I am aware of) to deal with the increase in HIV+ mothers with HIV- newborn children.
My main problem with the call for routine and universal HIV testing is that I am skeptical about the planning and preparation that is being done by the appropriate government, health and public policy officials for the multitudes of HIV+ individuals that will be unearthed as a result of this signifucant policy shift.
Education was very key in terms of changing these attitudes somewhat, both in terms of “safer sex” and in terms of not stigmitizing those with HIV/AIDs.in California, there was actually a push through the ballot to quarantine people who were HIV+.
Condoms do better protecting against HIV than against some other STDs, but since most studies have found that condoms fail catastrophically 2-5% of the time, depending on condoms for protection while having sex with an HIV+ partner can be deadly.
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