The Hiv Virus And Then Resources

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1. Introduction

2. Resources Available

3. Measures which enhance quality of life

4. Effect on beloved ones

5. Two types of support for beloved ones

6. Appendix


This report includes a brief introduction on the HIV virus and then resources that are available to the individuals that have been affected by HIV. It also includes measures that can enhance the quality of life of those affected and the effects this can have on the affected individual’s beloved ones.

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus which attacks the immune system which weakens the sufferer’s ability to fight infections and diseases. The virus can be passed on by having unprotected sex, sharing infected needles and transmission from mother to baby during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding.

When the person has first been infected a few weeks later they may get flu like illness which can include:
• Fever
• Sore throat,
• Body rash,
• Tiredness,
• Joint pain,
• Muscle pain
• Swollen glands.

People can live with the virus for years and be unaware that they are infected. The only way the individuals can find out if they have HIV is to a HIV test. After this stage the suffer can go on with no symptoms for many years but will progressively cause damage to their immune system, once the immune system becomes extremely damaged their symptoms can include:

• Weight loss
• Recurring diarrhoea
• Nights sweats
• Skin problems
• Constant infections

If the individual
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