Cultural Treatments Of Hiv / Aids

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Human Immunodeficiency Virus Medications and Treatments
Cultural treatments of HIV/AIDS
Adji Ngathe Kebe
Borough of Manhattan Community College

Abstract The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is an intelligent as well as remarkably complex microbe. It weakens the immune system as it progresses and eradicates crucial lymphocytes such as T-Cells or CD4 cells. It renders the body useless against fighting other infections such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis. HIV is commonly transmitted through infected blood via unprotected sexual contact such as anal sex or oral sex, but it can be contracted through contaminated needles and such. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is the final stage of infection in which the body’s CD4 count lowers to a staggering 200 cells/mm³. AIDS develops when CD4 cells can no longer be replenished at the rate they are destroyed. This final stage is especially complicated as cancers such as cervical, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and Kaposi sarcoma can develop. Infections caused by other bacteria and parasites are also common at this stage, since the immune system has been thoroughly suppressed. As of December 2012, an estimation of 34 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS, while an estimated 2 million (precisely 1.7 million) of them have perished. HIV/AIDS itself is an interesting subject, but far more captivating are the medications constructed to suppress its advancements as well as how different cultures “treat”…

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