I really hate to wait. I waited for someone for half hour, with empty stomach and 'exhausted' body today. You can guess how I might be feeling. Tried calling them, but the network was a strong barrier!
Q. What is HIV ? HIV is Human Immuno-deficiency Virus, (a disease of humans where there is deficiency of immunity). It is a RNA virus. It is a special kind because it forms DNA from RNA (generally RNA is formed from DNA), this is due to the presence of the enzyme called reverse transcriptase. HIV belongs to the 'retrovirus' family, so the therapy against this virus is called 'anti-retroviral therapy.'
Q. Then what is AIDS ? AIDS is Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome which means a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the damage to the immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Since the immune system is the main 'defense' of the body against the infections, the person with damaged immunity because of HIV are more prone to develop various infections and cancers. Many bacterias, viruses and fungi, which rarely infect normal human beings can easily infect the patients in AIDS due to HIV. So, a person who has recently been infected wi…
Meet baby boy Himal, from Jhapa. He is just 10 months old, and was in our Paediatrics ward when I was posted there. He was admitted to investigate for his recurrent severe pneumonia.
After admission, a proper medical history was taken. Family history revealed that both his parents died due to complications of AIDS. He has a elder brother, just 6 years old, who has recently been tested positive. Both the boys live with their grandmother who has no source of income and no family support.
The reason for the baby boy's recurrent pneumonia was apparent, but I was waiting for the test results with crossed fingers. The results came, it was positive for HIV. But there still remains a small hope that it might be the antibodies from the mother's blood that would clear off after he is about 2 years of age.
When my seniors were investigating more and trying to fit him into a classification of HIV, I was thinking about the future of the boy. How could his parents be so ignorant? They already…