HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It causes HIV infection, which left untreated over time, can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). As the name suggests, HIV affects the immune system and results in its progressive failure. This leaves the person affected with HIV vulnerable to other life threatening diseases like cancer.
HIV is a sexually transmitted infection. It can also be spread by HIV infected blood or from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. The symptoms of HIV vary, depending on the phase of the infection. Fever, headache, flu-like illness, muscle aches and joint pains are some of the symptoms within a month or two after infection. As the virus multiplies and continues to develop immune cells, patient may develop chronic signs and symptoms like swollen lymph nodes, diarrhea, weight loss, oral yeast infection and shingles (herpes zoster).
There is no cure for HIV/AIDS. However, there are some medications that can dramatically slow the progression of disease. These include
- Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs)
- Nucleoside or nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs)
- Protease inhibitors (PIs)
- Entry or fusion inhibitors
- Integrase inhibitors
Homeopathy also doesn’t offer cure for HIV/AIDS, yet. However, several studies have shown homeopathic medicine can achieve symptomatic relief, improvement in appetite, increase in weight, improved sense of well being etc. Some of the commonly indicated homeopathic medicines for HIV and AIDS are
- Kali carbonicum
- Calcaria iodum
- Arsenic album
- Arsenic iodum
As always, consult a certified homeopathic practitioner before taking the medications.
If left untreated, HIV infection eventually progresses until the immune system is too weak to defend against life-threatening infections and cancers. This stage is called AIDS.
Frequently Asked Qustions
What is AIDS?
AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. AIDS is acquired (A) – it’s not something you inherit from your parents. A person acquires AIDS after birth. AIDS involves the body’s immune system (I), which includes all the organs and cells that work to fight off infection or disease. .
How Can I Tell if I Have HIV? Are There Symptoms?
Many people who have HIV don't have any symptoms at all for many years. The only way to know if you're infected is to get tested. Don't wait for symptoms to show up. If you find out you're infected soon after it happens, you'll have more options for treatment and care to help prevent you from getting sick.