Human Immunodeficiency Virus ( Hiv ) And Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome

2096 Words Nov 23rd, 2014 9 Pages
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) are complex diseases that are generally misunderstood and cast a stereotype of the people who are infected. A disease that is relatively new in comparisons to some diseases came to light as a public issue in the 1980’s and is now known around the world. HIV and AIDS attack the T-cells and CD4 cells of a person’s body which make them have symptoms similar to the flu. This disease is exactly what the name describes , an immune deficiency that lead to a lowered immune system cause a weakened body. HIV is a disease that continues to attack a person’s body and progresses until it turns in the final stage which was named AIDS. It is not a definitive progressive because not all cases of HIV will lead to AIDS, some will just maintain HIV for the rest of their life.
What makes this disease such a controversial and hot topic is how it is obtained, the fact there is no cure, and it is a lifelong disease. There are only a few ways to contract AIDS and the most common and publicized way is through sexual transmission. AIDS can only be contracted through bodily fluids so alternatively the disease can be transferred through shared needle or drug interaction, pregnancy/childbirth, occupational exposure and blood transfusion (How, 2014). HIV/ AIDS are a relatively recent disease that has no cure and will remain with a person for the rest of their life. There are drug that can be taken to control and help…
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