This essay Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome has a total of 445 words and 2 pages.
Every 9 ? minutes, someone in the U.S is infected with HIV!
No one is immune to HIV or Aids because it is does not care if you are male, female,
young or old. The Virus has no prejudice and only one person is responsible for protecting you
against the virus.
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, better known as (AIDS), is caused by the
Incurable Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). AIDS is a deadly disease that deteriorates the
Immune system. There are two groups of HIV, HIV-1 that occurs throughout the world and HIV-
2 that occurs mainly in Africa. The HIV virus enters the white blood cells and takes over the
Reproductive system of that cell and uses the system to reproduce itself. The white blood cell
dies and the new HIV cells infect other white blood cells and repeats the process.
If you have become infected with AIDS, you may not have any symptoms for
the next ten years. AIDS makes the less serious conditions harder for your body to control
or get rid of because of the massive loss of white blood cell in your body. The most common
causes of death for the people with AIDS are pneumonia, cancer and liver failure.
AIDS is transmitted in three ways. Intimate sexual contact is the most common, you can
also transmit it through sharing dirty needles or blood transfusions. Mothers can also transmit
the disease through the fetus before the baby is delivered. Although some speculate, you
can not catch the disease from air, food, water, or insects.
AIDS is a life and death issue. To have the AIDS disease is a sentence of slow but inevitable
death. There currently is no cure or vaccine for this disease, however, there are drugs that have
been proven effective in slowing the spread of this deadly disease. It has been proven that
these antiviral drugs, if taken as directed, can prolong ones life.
We know enough about how the infection is transmitted to protect ourselves from it.
However, too few people are hearing the AIDS message. Perhaps many simply don't like or
want to believe what they hear, preferring to think that AIDS "can't happen to them." Like
other communicable diseases, AIDS can strike anyone. AIDS doesn't just occur in certain social
groups. We must all protect ourselves from this infection and learn about it in time to take
effective precautions. Given the right measures, no one needs to get AIDS. Now is the time to
take charge against the AIDS disease. People must remember, that the most reliable person in
charge of preventing you from getting AIDS, is yourself!
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