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HIV/AIDS

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that damages the cells of the immune system. As HIV infection progresses, the immune system weakens and the body becomes less able to fight infection. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is defined as the presence in the body of twenty or more opportunistic infections or HIV-related cancers.
The symptoms and severity of HIV vary widely and can fluctuate over time. Students with HIV may appear to have no symptoms at all or may have flu-like symptoms. Treatment with medication is successful in slowing the progression of the disease sometimes for substantial time periods. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that damages the cells of the immune system. As HIV infection progresses, the immune system weakens and the body becomes less able to fight infection.

Observing HIV/AIDS in the Classroom

Faculty might observe the following characteristics in students with HIV/AIDS:

  • May be absent more often than other students.
  • May need to actively avoid exposure to infections or viruses.
  • Will need to avoid activities that might lead to cuts or abrasions

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Related Functional Characteristics

Fatigue (Physical) : Students with HIV may exhibit physical fatigue due to anemia, chronic pain, insufficient respiratory function, or medication side effects.

Pain Management : Students with HIV/AIDS may experience nerve damage, medication side effects, or HIV related infections.

Risk for Injury : Students with HIV/AIDS may be at risk for infecting others through blood transfer or be prone to infection if injured.

Susceptibility to Infection : HIV/AIDs are autoimmune system diseases causing increased vulnerability to infections and viruses.

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