Human Immunodeficiency Virus : Hiv And Aids

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Human Immunodeficiency Virus, better known as the acronym HIV is a virus that destroys the immune system and can evolve into an infection. HIV is known a as pandemic because the immune system can fight off the infection but can never clear the HIV out of the body. “HIV is spread through contact with the blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, or breast milk of a person infected with HIV.” [AIDS] According to, in the United States, the virus is usually contracted through vaginal sex, anal sex, and the sharing of injection required drug equipment with a person that is already infected with HIV.
It can be misconstrued that HIV and AIDS are the same thing but they are not. In fact, some individuals have HIV
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AIDS is a set of symptoms you get when you are in the last stage of Human Immunodeficiency Virus. An individual is assumed to have AIDS once their immune system is too weak to fight off the infection, which in return leads to death if left unattended. HIV and AIDS are not to be toyed with. In writing this essay, I discovered a lot of information that I did not know at once. As black people, we must be educated in our health, especially college students. Everyone thinks that “It can’t be me to get it.” while in actuality, anyone can get the virus. Like Myth Two of “Tools for Fighting the AIDS Pandemic” by Alexander Irwin, Joyce Millen and Dorothy Fallows, removing promiscuous sex is not the only thing that will prevent you from attaining HIV.
The AIDS and HIV prevalence rate in selected populations refers to the percentage of people tested in each group who were found to be infected with HIV. An example would be finding the percentage of all African Americans in North Carolina who have HIV and then taking the percentage. Prevalence is used to help Policy Makers and Health Officials figure out what region or type of people are suffering from the pandemics more than others, or to figure out who needs to be tended to most. “HIV incidence is expressed as the estimated number of persons newly infected with HIV during a specified time period (e.g., a year), or as a rate calculated by dividing the estimated number
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