HIV and Diabetes

WHAT IS DIABETES? Diabetes is a disease that makes it hard for your body to convert food to energy. Normally, after you eat your body breaks food down into glucose (also known as blood sugar) that your blood carries to cells throughout your body. Your… Read More

HIV and The Mouth

HOW DOES HIV AFFECT THE MOUTH? In the early years of the HIV epidemic, dentists were often the first healthcare professionals to notice signs of a weak immune system. These signs were infections that are normally controlled in a healthy person with a healthy immune… Read More

HIV and Cardiovascular Disease

WHAT IS CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE? Cardiovascular disease (CVD) includes a group of problems related to the heart (cardio) and blood vessels (vascular). CVD includes all of the following conditions: Coronary heart disease (heart attacks) Angina (Chest pain from lack of blood to the heart) Cerebrovascular disease… Read More

HIV and Kidney Disease

WHAT IS KIDNEY DISEASE? Chronic kidney disease, also called chronic kidney failure, describes the gradual loss of kidney function. The kidneys filter wastes and excess fluids from the blood, which are then excreted in urine. When chronic kidney disease reaches an advanced stage, dangerous levels… Read More