Aids Prevention And Testing Of Hiv / Aids

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Nikolas LaMaack
Mrs. Reaves
Advanced Writing
8 October, 2015
AIDS Prevention and Testing
“More than 1.2 million americans are living with HIV, including 156,300 who don’t realize it” (Kaplan). The HIV/AIDS epidemic hit a peak in the 2000’s. These diseases attack the immune system making them incapable of fighting off diseases. Specifically, HIV,human immunodeficiency virus, attacks the immune system, weakening it, and slowly making it produce more HIV-cells. AIDS,acquired immune deficiency syndrome, then takes over and the immune system is so weak that it no longer has the ability to fight the infectious cells. These diseases have no cure and can only be slowed by treatment. HIV/AIDS spreads by bodily fluids such as sexual activities, sharing needles, and accidents that include blood. Testing and prevention of HIV/AIDS should have more emphasis than treatment because it would allow people to be more cautious, treatment still allows HIV/AIDS to spread, and it would stop the contraction of diseases.
Caution and knowledge when dealing with HIV/AIDS is ideal to combating the epidemic. As on average, “1 in 6 people with HIV don’t know they have it” (Greiger). HIV and AIDS are hidden killers to begin with, so regular testing is the only way to catch the disease in its early stages before a person is unaware and continues to spread the infection. Many people live years without knowing they have this disease due to the disease not showing symptoms in its early phases. “More than…

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