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irus is very active in the lymph tissue during this stage. Stage III: Symptomatic HIV Infection. During this critical stage, the immune system deteriorates, HIV mutates quickly and becomes more pathogenic, and the body can no longer keep up with loss of T cells. As a result, the patient develops one of many different infections and illnesses associated with AIDS. Stage IV: Progression to AIDS. T4 cell count falls below 200. As the immune system continues to deteriorate, more and more serious illnesses damage the body and eventually leads to death.

Stress, according to current research, can increase severity of infectious viruses such as mononucleosis and can activate dormant viruses such as genital herpes, cold sores, and HIV. Studies have shown, for example, that chronic depression and negative attitudes were associated with a rapid decline of T cells but with increased levels of NK cells in those with positive attitudes. Another study found that subjects who actively fought their disease and were able to cope well with the stress of having HIV significantly prolonged their progression from stages II and III to stage IV.

AZT was the first drug used to treat HIV infection. It has been replaced by more powerful treatments like protease inhibitors, but it's typical for powerful drugs to have even greater side effects. And with greater side effects comes greater stress reactions and the risk of illness and disease not even related to the infection.Currently, there are two problems with the new class of drugs used to treat HIV. Firstly, many patients suffer worse physical side effects that they did with AZT, which adds to the already emotional stress associated with the disease. In some cases, patients are actually regressing because the stress of treatment is causing them to get sick earlier than they would have without treatment. This also makes it difficult to keep HIV infected patients on the strict regiment required for the drug to be as e
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