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Kristina Nguyen
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and the Auto Immune Deficiency Disease (AIDS) are one of the leading killers around the world. Statistics provided by the Joint United Nations Program approximate that over 33 million people have been infected with HIV and AIDS. Of those 33 million, 1.1 million of those carriers are in the United States and even more shockingly, a fifth of those carriers are unaware that they have been infected. The World Health Organization estimated that annually, 2.7 million individuals contract the virus and 2 million die from the diseases.
There is a common misconception between HIV and AIDS. Because the two diseases are usually grouped together when discussed, many believe that
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Without a strong immune system, the opportunistic infections are what eventually lead to the patient’s death.
HIV awareness can be practiced in many ways but is best started by the individual. The best and most effective way to not be susceptible to the virus is of course through abstinence. If you choose to continue to stay sexually active, always use a latex condom and do not use oil-based lubricants because it could weaken the condom. After practicing safe sex in your personal life, tell your close friends and family members about how they can contribute to the cause and raise awareness by using your close-knit relationships to convince them. Lastly, try to contribute on a much grander scale by finding public programs that you have in your local community such as being active in school programs or participate or become a member of the many national AIDS and HIV awareness programs all over the world.
As with many problems, the reason HIV and AIDS is so rampant is due to the lack of knowledge and education about the issue. Simply by educating the public on what HIV and AIDS are, as well as preventative measures, it would greatly reduce the risk of transmission. Each year, the numbers of those who are infected continue to rise. With over 33.4 million individuals already who have already contracted the virus, research continues in hopes for a cure for both HIV and AIDS. Each and every one of us can make an enormous contribution to losing fight against AIDs and HIV
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