AIDS Defining Conditions (Management And Treatment)

Those conditions that are life threatening in nature which occur to HIV positive people are known as “AIDS Defining Conditions”. If these life threatening diseases/conditions are identified in a patient then he/she is said to be reached at the last stage of HIV infection which is termed as AIDS or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.


Various AIDS Defining Conditions


There are numerous types of AIDS Defining Conditions that are found in HIV positive people. They vary from patient to patient and a patient may suffer from one or multiple conditions. Various Aids Defining Conditions listed in the order of most commonly identified are:

  • Cryptococcosis
  • Lungs Candidasis
  • Bronchi Candidasis
  • Trachea Candidasis
  • Esophagus Candidasis
  • Invasive Cervical Cancer
  • Recurrent Pneumonia
  • Jirovecii Pneumonia
  • Kaposi’s Sarcoma
  • Burkitt’s Lymphoma
  • Coccidiodomycosis
  • Multifocal Leukoencophalopathy
  • Chronic Intestinal Cryptosporidiosis
  • Chronic or Basic Herpes
  • Cytomegalovirus Disease and Retinitis
  • Encephalopathy
  • Tuberculosis
  • Encephalopathy
  • Chronic Intestinal Isosporiasis
  • Mycobacterium Kansasii
  • Mycobacterium TB
  • Salmonella

AIDS Defining Conditions occurring to patients differ via age also. For instance, it is not certain that the conditions which are being faced by teenager will definitely be faced by some other patient of some different age. Moreover patients suffering from HIV infection who are under the age of 13 are more prone to the above listed conditions due to a weaker and underdeveloped immune system. In addition, they face some other conditions too which are:

  • Recurrent or Multiple Bacterial Infections
  • Pulmonary Lymphoid Hyperplasia Complex


Managing and Treating AIDS Defining Conditions


AIDS Defining Conditions are most usually caused due to the inability of one’s immune system to fight various types of microbes entering the body. Human Immunodeficiency Virus directly attacks the immune system which further destroys the white blood cells in the body and the patient gets more prone to many types of diseases.

AIDS Defining Conditions may be separately treated by specific treatments or drugs related to the particular condition or they may be treated by the same medications that are being taken to treat the HIV infection itself. Unfortunately there are many diseases/conditions which are not yet curable that may be faced by a patient of HIV who has reached the stage of AIDS.

Patients of HIV/AIDS often face mental depression and those who also face various types of other conditions face mental depression much more. They are advised to try to cope up from this depression and face the disease by all the inner strength they got. They are also suggested to take antidepressants if required but they should only be consumed after consulting a certified doctor.

Patients of HIV infection should make sure that the medications are taken regularly on time every time in order to improve the quality of their lives as much as possible. It is advised to take help from a third person to make sure the medications are taken regularly on time.


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