The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) causes the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). HIV attacks the body's immune system by destroying a specific type of blood cell (CD4 cells) that helps the body fight off and destroy germs. CD4 cells belong to a group of blood cells called T-cells that also help the body fight disease. In the body, HIV gets into these T-cells, makes copies of it self, and kills the healthy cells, making the boy unable to fight germs.
HIV is spread through some of the body's fluids. HIV is in:
- Vaginal fluids
- Breast milk
- Body fluids sometimes handled by health care workers (fluids surrounding the brain and spinal cord, bone joints, and around an unborn baby)
HIV is passed from one person to another by:
- Having sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) with a person who has HIV
- Sharing needles with someone who has HIV, such as during injection drug use
- Pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding if a mother has HIV
- Blood Transfusions involving blood infected with HIV (rare in U.S.)
When HIV takes over enough CD4 cells, a person then has AIDS. HIV actually causing AIDS occurs differently for everyone — some people live for 10 years or more with HIV without developing AIDS, and others get AIDS faster. The strength of a person’s immune system is the main factor that will affect the time frame in which the virus progresses to AIDS. Therefore it is imperative for an individual to know and employ all treatment options available to him or her that will keep the immune system elevated in order to fight off infection, slow or stop the progression of the disease, and alleviate symptoms associated with the virus.
At Arizona Integrative Medical Center, PC, Dr. Stallone treats each person with HIV and/or AIDS as an individual and tailors treatment plans to compliment conventional treatment and to best suit his or her body. Through the use of Ozone/Oxygen therapy, Nutritional IV therapy, DMSO, Immune support, Homeopathic and Botanical Medicine, and Neutraceutical Supplements, an individual’s immune system may be balanced to its most highly functioning state, potentially alleviating symptoms of the virus/disease as well as lengthening or halting its progression.