McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

HIV | AIDS

HIV attacks the body’s immune system, specifically the CD4 cells (T cells), which help the immune system fight off infections. If left untreated, HIV reduces the number of CD4 cells (T cells) in the body, making the person more likely to get infections or infection-related cancers. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can’t fight off infections and disease. These opportunistic infections or cancers take advantage of a very weak immune system and signal that the person has AIDS, the last state of HIV infection.

AIDS.gov / Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP)

Life Cycle of HIV

Video about life cycle of HIV

This video explains how HIV targets human immune cells and uses immune cell machinery to make copies of itself.

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HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis

Video about HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis

This video explains HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, also known as HIV PrEP, as a means to prevent HIV-1 infection.

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Growing old with HIV: How the world has changed

Video about growing old with HIV

These videos discuss the changing demographics of HIV/AIDS, current management and co-morbidities, a patient's perspective on aging well with HIV and HIV as a chronic inflammatory disease process.

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HIV and Aging: Interview with Dr. Fiona Smaill

Video interview about HIV and aging

This video presents an interview with Dr. Fiona Smaill about HIV and aging.

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HIV and Aging

Video about HIV and aging

This video presents information about HIV and aging.

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