Since the beginning of the epidemic, almost 78 million people have been infected with the HIV virus and about 39 million people have died of HIV. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were approximately 36.9 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS in 2014. Of these, 3.2 million were children (<15 years old). According to WHO, an estimated 2 million individuals worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2014. According to WHO, an estimated 39 million people have died since the first cases were reported in 1981 and 1.5 million people died of AIDS-related causes in 2013.
HIV is perhaps the most feared of all sexually transmitted diseases and it’s no wonder why — the global epidemic has claimed millions of lives around the world. The virus can survive for up to four weeks in syringes even after infected blood has been flushed out. HIV can also survive in dried blood at room temperature for up to five or six days if that blood maintains the optimum pH level.
HIV sneaks past autoimmune cells by using a kind of camouflage. It surrounds itself with sugar molecules that fool the body into thinking it’s a nutrient instead of a threat.
While many advances have been made in vaccine research, significant gaps remain in the scientific knowledge needed to develop an effective vaccine.
The pace of HIV vaccine research is often slow due to lack of financial incentives to develop such a vaccine. Lack of coordination among researching groups exacerbates the problem.
Due to the difficulties in creating an effective vaccine, the first vaccines deployed will probably be of low efficacy.
By the time a vaccine has been developed and fully deployed in developing countries, millions and millions of people will have become infected and died of HIV/AIDS if no other steps are taken.
Symptoms develop between two and four weeks after an individual is infected with HIV. Many people experiencing HIV symptoms simply think they’ve contracted the flu. That’s because the symptoms are very similar and include:
● Sore throat
● Swollen glands
● Aches and pains in muscles and joints
Most people recover from their flu-like HIV symptoms and don’t experience other symptoms for years. Some people may not experience HIV symptoms at all initially, and it can take up to ten years for them to feel the effects of the virus — all the more reason to get tested regularly, even if HIV symptoms aren’t present.
Natural remedies that have great effect with HIV patients:
- Eat foods high in B-vitamins, calcium, and iron, such as almonds, beans, whole grains (if no allergy), dark, leafy greens (such as spinach and kale), and sea vegetables.
- Eat antioxidant foods, including fruits (such as blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes) and vegetables (such as squash and bell peppers).
- Avoid refined foods, such as white breads, pastas, and especially sugar.
- Aloe helps to relief the constipation.
- Calendula flowers have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory functions so they can help you and heal you.