Human Immunodefinciency Virus (HIV) Essay

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People who are sexually active often take Sexual Transmitted Disease (STDs) such as Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia for granted. However, the real concern comes to play when an individual is diagnosed with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Just the mere thought of finding out or the possibility of being HIV positive can make a person stress and begin to question themselves. “How do I tell my family?” “How can I build a family now?” “What will my new partner will think of me?” That is only the tip of the iceberg of the physical, mental and emotional torments of the person’s life.
Where did HIV come from? Scientists believe that a type of chimpanzee in West Africa was the source of HIV infection in humans. They classified the
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People who are sexually active often take Sexual Transmitted Disease (STDs) such as Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia for granted. However, the real concern comes to play when an individual is diagnosed with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Just the mere thought of finding out or the possibility of being HIV positive can make a person stress and begin to question themselves. “How do I tell my family?” “How can I build a family now?” “What will my new partner will think of me?” That is only the tip of the iceberg of the physical, mental and emotional torments of the person’s life.
Where did HIV come from? Scientists believe that a type of chimpanzee in West Africa was the source of HIV infection in humans. They classified the chimpanzee version of the immunodeficiency virus as simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV was most likely transmitted to humans and then mutated into HIV when humans hunted these chimpanzees for meat and came into contact with their infected blood. Scientific studies show that HIV may have jumped from apes to humans as far back as the late 1800s.
Throughout the years the virus slowly spread across Africa and later into other parts of the world. There are several ways people can contract HIV: through sexual contact, either homosexual/heterosexual; through contact with blood or blood products or bloody body tissue of an HIV-positive person, including sharing contaminated needles; or through an infected mother to her infant, shortly before or during
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