HIV/AIDS CAUSE

Like all viruses, HIV depends on the cells of its 'host' to multiply. HIV uses CD4 cells: a type of white blood cells, which are part of the host's immune system.

The HIV virus first penetrates into the CD4 cell. Inside the cell, the genetic material of the virus is inserted into the DNA of the CD4 cell. When the DNA of the host cell is copied, the viral material is copied simultaneously. In this step, HIV needs a specific enzyme, reverse transcriptase.

These HIV proteins are secreted as long-chain-molecules, which are then cut to pieces by another enzyme, protease. The resulting small protein particles are reassembled to form new, virulent copies of the original virus; they spread out to infect new host cells and repeat this multiplication cycle over and over again.

HIV Transmission
HIV is transmitted through body fluids, in particular blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk. There are 3 different ways of transmitting HIV:
  • Unprotected sexual contact with an infected partner
  • Blood contact through infected blood transfusions, sharing contaminated injection needles (drug addicts)
  • From infected mother to child during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding

You cannot be infected by casual physical contact, coughing, sneezing and kissing, by sharing toilet and washing facilities, by using eating utensils or consuming food and beverages handled by someone who has HIV; it is not spread by mosquitoes or other insect bites.
HIV AIDS treatment is not complicated, knowing what drugs you are taking, how they work against HIV, and why it is so important to take them as prescribed (on time, with or without food, etc.) can really help in the fight against HIV. HIV AIDS treatment is safer, if your treatment consists of toxic free, side-effect free medications. HIV AIDS treatment becomes more comfortable, if your treatment doesn’t ask for switching on to new drug combination because of drug resistance. HIV AIDS treatment is not complicated, knowing what drugs you are taking, how they work against HIV, and why it is so important to take them as prescribed (on time, with or without food, etc.) can really help in the fight against HIV. HIV AIDS treatment is safer, if your treatment consists of toxic free, side-effect free medications. HIV AIDS treatment becomes more comfortable, if your treatment doesn’t ask for switching on to new drug combination because of drug resistance.