An HIV Questionnaire

Hope out of despair – An AIDS Questionnaire

  1. Inside the body, HIV attacks: a) red blood cells b) lymphocytes – a particular type of white blood cell c) bone marrow d) foreign bacteria
  2. Cells with CD4 receptors are called CD4+ cells or helper T lymphocytes. T lymphocytes a) maintain the health of the lymphatic system b) work to maintain good sight c) help protect the body against viral infections and detect and destroy some cancer cells d) aid in the reproduction of viral DNA
  3. The CD4+ T-cell count should be 800 – 1,300 per microliter of blood. The criteria for an AIDS diagnosis in adults and adolescents is a level below: a) 200 b) 250 c) 300 d) 350
  4. HIV reproduces by entering the T lymphocytes, the genetic material of the virus joins with that of the lymphocyte, the virus reproduces itself within, destroys the cell and releases new viruses which attack other lymphocytes True or False
  5. HIV is a retrovirus True or False
  6. Conventional medical treatment is drugs called ARV’s – anti-retroviral drugs. Their purpose is to a) deactivate the HIV, prevent them from reproducing and slow down the progress of the disease b) speed up replication of HIV with the aim of “burn out”, c) act like reverse antifreeze in the blood to keep it from clotting in the hot weather
  7. Because HIV tends to develop resistance when a single ARV is used, they are often used in combination True or False
  8. Side effects of ARV’s can include a) nausea b) vomiting c) diarrhoea d) headaches e) all the above
  9. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that a) 25% b)45% c) 80% d) 95% of people in the South still use traditional medicine first.
  10. The WHO estimates that a) 10% b) 25% c) 40% d) 55% of our commercially available medicines are descended from plants first used traditionally. B (taken from WHO factsheet #271)
  11. People have begun to see the modern health system as more responsible for their health than they are themselves. True or False
  12. Taking more responsibility for our health involves paying attention to a) what one eats and drinks b) our whole lifestyle – exercise, hand washing, not smoking, clean toilet facilities etc c) seeking the best treatment when we become ill d) working together as a community e) all of the above
  13. Because of our reliance on manufactured drugs, many people have lost the knowledge of how to use resources provided by nature to treat illnesses. Natural Medicine offers new ideas and scientifically proven methods of using locally available plants, providing fresh hope. True or False
  14. Anamed is the acronym for Action for Natural Medicine, which has groups meeting in 13 countries, mainly in Africa True or False
  15. HIV can be contracted by insect bites, hand shaking, hugging and breathing infected air True or False
  16. If a person is infected with HIV, they can minimize AIDS related infections by a) eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, garlic and certain herbal teas b) avoid smoking and alcohol c) avoid crowds where people may have infections and treating infections quickly d) get plenty of rest, including sitting in the sun 30 – 60 minutes daily e) never having sexual intercourse without a condom in order to not re-infect yourself or your partner f) all of the above
  17. Foods which stimulate the immune system include garlic, artemisia annua tea, neem (azadirachta indica), lemon grass, mango and some aloe plants. True or False
  18. Artemisia annua contains artemisinin. In AIDS patients it balances cellular (which is low T-helper cell count) and humoral immunity (which is high levels of soluble antibodies). True or False
  19. Anamed’s proposal for comprehensive AIDS treatment recommends 3 of the following a) garlic, Allium sativum, eat at least 3 cloves aech day of raw garlic b) Artemisia annua. For the first month, drink 1 liter of tea using 5 grams of dried leaves each day. Thereafter, for one week in every month, drink this amount of tea. c) Neem, Azadirachta indica. Take one to two heaped teaspoons of dried neem leaf powder each week. d) Lemon grass, Cymbopogon citratus. Drink two liters of tea, using one handful of fresh leaves for each liter, each day. e) Aloe vera. Drink one to teo tablespoons of gel each day. This gel may be mixed with an equal amount of honey. f) Lemon Citrus limon. Drink the juice of one lemon each day. g) Moringa oleifera. Make moringa leaf powder, and add one heaped teaspoon to the food three times a day, every day of your life.
  20. Artemisia annua produces 400,000 to 800,000 daily doses of treatment per hectare in reasonable growing conditions. True or False
  21. Moringa oleifera produces over 2 million daily doses per acre. True or False T
  22. With the numbers in question 20 and 21 in mind, does the HIV pandemic look treatable to you? Yes or No

Answers 1 – b; 2 – c; 3 – a; 4 – T; 5 – T; 6 – a; 7 – T; 8 – e; 9 – c; 10- b, 11 – T; 12 – e; 13 – T; 14 – T; 15 – F; 16 – f; 17 – T; 18 – T; 19 – N/A; 20 – T; 21 – T; 22 – that depends on you!!

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