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HIV and AIDS are different. HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus and AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. This disease damages a person’s immune system making it easier to get sick. HIV is transmitted through semen, vaginal fluids, blood, and breast milk. HIV works by attacking the T-cell in the human body. There is no cure for this disease, but early detection is important for treatment. Once a person is diagnosed with HIV they will always have it. This is a very devastating disease and it is preventable.
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I chose to watch the movie And the Band Played On. This movie took a look into the first years of when they discovered HIV/AIDS. The movie starts out with two doctors over in Africa trying to contain the Ebola disease before it spread to other parts of the country. They burned the bodies to prevent the disease from spreading more. As the movie continues it starts case by case of each patient infected with HIV. The doctors are baffled by the lab values showing that the patients have no T-cell count. Nevertheless, the CDC starts getting involved because they know that it is occurring among the homosexual men and the numbers keep rising. They started interviewing homosexual men and searching gay community places to understand how it was spreading. They found poppers that could be a possible cause but all the tests that they ran on them came back with no possible reasoning that it’s causing this disease. The doctors began looking into
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