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Aids, Poverty and Ignorance in South Africa - Aids, Poverty and Ignorance in South Africa Twenty years after the first clinical evidence of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) was reported, it has become the most devastating disease humankind has ever faced. Since the epidemic began, more than 60 million people have been infected with the virus worldwide. Data shows an estimated 57,520,805 infected people around the world with that number increasing by approximately 1,400 people per day (redribbon.co.za). AIDS is now the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa....   [tags: South Africa AIDS Disease Health Essays]
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AIDS - AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, better known as AIDS, is caused by the incurable HIV virus. AIDS is a deadly disease that deteriorates the immune system. There are two groups of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), HIV-1 that occurs throughout the world and HIV-2 that mainly occurs 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 repeat the process....   [tags: Free AIDS Essays] 378 words
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AIDS - AIDS Aids is a disease that effects the immune system. Your immune system is unable to fight off diseases, viruses, and infections. Aids usually makes you very skinny and tired, and it effects the nerves system in your brain. You also can get certain cancers from aids especially Kaposi’s sarcoma, are purple lesions on the skin, and tumors known as B-cell lymphomas. Aids can be transmitted through several ways by blood, through intimate sexual contact, from infected mothers to there babies in there uterus, and even through infected mother’s milk....   [tags: Free AIDS Essays] 439 words
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AIDS - AIDS AIDS, is known as, the acquired immune deficiency syndrome and is the disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The virus is transmitted from one person to another through means of intimate sexual contact or exchange of blood or bodily fluids “(whether from contaminated hypodermic needles or syringes, transfusions of infected blood, or transmission from an infected mother to her child before or during birth)” (Schaefer; p. 119). AIDS has become a worldwide epidemic that has struck every identifiable group....   [tags: Free AIDS Essays] 1008 words
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AIDS - AIDS “ AIDS is actually the final stage... of infection with what we know as the AIDS virus” (Langone 8). “ AIDS is... also accepted as a syndrome, a collection of specific, life- threatening... infections and symptoms that is the result of an underlying immune deficiency - a deficiency not caused by any known conditions and illnesses other than infection with the AIDS virus” (8). There is one main explanation of how AIDS started and came to America. Scientists believe that when the Portuguese took Africans to Japan, the Africans got AIDS from the monkeys (63)....   [tags: Free AIDS Essays] 1668 words
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AIDS - AIDS Invades Rural America AIDS has been a problem in the United States for many years now. However, many people view victims of AIDS as homosexuals or drug users; this is no longer the case. AIDS is now being spread through teenagers in rural America. Many problems have arisen from the increasing number of victim in smaller America cities where hospitals and doctors are not able to provide suffienct treatment because of a lack of funding and experience. Also, the young adults that have no contracted the virus are victims of emotional and verbal abuse, because small-town America is not used to dealing with the AIDS virus....   [tags: Free AIDS Essays] 936 words
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AIDS - The media is full of aids stories these days. Articles in different newspapers and magazines headline the death of celebrities, new aids tests, and controversies about who should be tested, promising advances in the research labs, and frustrating and tragic problems of coping with the disease using the treatments available today. Aids is not only pervading the newspapers and magazines, but the television fare as well, not only the news items and features, but also in dramas sitcoms and soap operas....   [tags: Free AIDS Essays] 3081 words
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AIDS - To talk about AIDS today, one has also to talk about sexuality. Nowadays AIDS is largely related to sexual activities since AIDS is a consequence of the virus HIV, which can be transmitted during sexual relations. The movie that we saw, Philadelphia, deals with this. It tells the story of a homosexual man who contracted HIV during sexual intercourse with another man. After some years he starts to suffer from AIDS and the discrimination that came along with it. He was a successful lawyer, and was fired only because he had AIDS....   [tags: Free AIDS Essays] 846 words
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AIDS - Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). "The virus was discovered in France in 1983 and in the United States in 1984. In the United States, it was initially identified in 1981. In 1986, a second virus, now called HIV-2, was also discovered in Africa.(Bookshelves)" Female prostitutes in Africa probably spread it very quickly. AIDS became a huge crisis of major proportions in parts of Africa. It is my own strongly held opinion, and that of most medical and research community world wide, that the AIDS epidemic is a serious problem....   [tags: Free AIDS Essays] 1032 words
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AIDS - “Nearly 90 percent of Russia’s HIV infections occur among addicts sharing dirty needles” (Klesius, p.35). This percentage from a National Geographic magazine would differ heavily from that of the United States. The Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation reported that through the year 2002 in the state of Colorado that only 9% of aids cases in the state were due to injection drug use and 25% on the national level. (Kaiser Family Foundation) In the United States, Men who have sex with men would more closely share Russia’s dirty needle problem for being the number 1 cause for AIDS transmission with 46% in the U.S....   [tags: Free AIDS Essays] 1307 words
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AIDS - AIDS is a serious (often fatal) disease of the immune system transmitted through blood products especially by sexual contact or contaminated needles. It is the most serious outcome of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection. People with AIDS often suffer lung, brain, eye and other organ disease along with debilitating weight loss, diarrhea, candidacies, dementia, toxoplasmosis and a type of cancer called Kaposi's Sarcoma, and makes the immune system weak and therefore less able to fight certain infections and diseases....   [tags: Free AIDS Essays] 967 words
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AIDS - AIDS AIDS is Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. High risk groups include homosexual or bisexual men, intravenous drug users who share needles, the sexual partners of those in high risk groups, infants born to mothers with HIV, and persons who received blood transfusions or clotting products between 1977 and 1985 (prior to standard screening for the virus in the blood). In the United States, AIDS is the fifth leading cause of death among persons between ages 25 and 44. The Center of Disease Control has estimated that about 2.2 million Americans were infected with HIV virus as of January 1998 and that just about 30.6 million people worldwide were infected with HIV....   [tags: Free AIDS Essays] 1210 words
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AIDS - Acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS, is a currently recognized disease. It is caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which attacks selected cells in the immune system and causes them to function defectively. These deficiencies may not be apparent for years. They lead to the suppression of the immune system's ability to combat harmful organisms. This leaves the body open to invasion by various infections, which are called opportunistic diseases, and to the development of unusual cancers....   [tags: Free AIDS Essays] 708 words
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Aids - Aids The issue of HIV/AIDS has been a developing concern since the early 1980's. It is an issue that has sparked fear in everyone, but "society" has narrowed it down to certain people that can contract the AIDS virus. The stereotypical "AIDS" victim is not an IV drug user or a practicing homosexual; it is anyone, anyone who has unprotected sex, anyone who has had a blood transfusion in the past twenty years, or anyone who was innocently brought into the world by an infected mother. As unfair as it is, HIV/AIDS can attack someone whom society would have never "branded" as a stereotypical AIDS victim....   [tags: Free AIDS Essays] 907 words
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AIDS - "Somewhere among the million children who go to New York's publicly financed schools is a seven-year-old child suffering from AIDS. A special health and education panel had decided, on the strength of the guidelines issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control, that the child would be no danger to his classmates. Yet, when the school year started on September 9th, several thousand parents in two school districts in the borough of Queens kept their children at home. Fear of plague can be as pernicious, and contagious, as the plague itself(Fear of dying 1)." This article was written in 1985....   [tags: Free AIDS Essays] 3085 words
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AIDS - Michelle Lee Pelletier & Sarah Smith December, 16, 1998 Mr. Marquis Honors Chemistry Aids A.I.D.S is an epidemic of the nineties. There are over one million people infected with the HIV in the United States, and over 250,000 cases of Aids. The World Health Organization estimates that there are between five and ten million infected with the H.I.V virus. This number is rising steadily. A.I.D.S is the end result of H.I.V, and to this day there is no cure. H.I.V was discovered in 1981, but not until 1984 was it proven to be the cause of A.I.D.S....   [tags: Free AIDS Essays] 2364 words
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AIDS - AIDS The United Nations AIDS organization released disturbing estimates Thursday of the seemingly relentless expansion of the HIV pandemic. At a time when many Americans are increasingly optimistic that state-of-the- art drug therapy might eliminate the virus, HIV is taking a heavy toll worldwide. According to the agency, every minute of every day somewhere in the world, six people become infected with HIV: 7,500 adults per day and 1,000 children. About 30 million people have acquired the virus during the last 15 years; 6.4 million of them have died of AIDS....   [tags: Free AIDS Essays] 361 words
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AIDS - AIDS Is the message getting through. We already know enough about AIDS to prevent its spread, but ignorance, complacency, fear and bigotry continue to stop many from taking adequate precautions. We know enough about how the infection is transmitted to protect ourselves from it without resorting to such extremes as mandatory testing, enforced quarantine or total celibacy. But too few people are heeding 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." Experts repeatedly remind us that infective agents do not discriminate, but can infect any and everyone....   [tags: Free AIDS Essays] 3346 words
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AIDS - The acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was initially recognized in the first half of the twentieth century and has since become a major worldwide epidemic (“Discovery Health”). Debate about the origin of AIDS has enticed considerable concern and controversy since the advent of the epidemic. It is has been proven that AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by stimulating the destruction and functional impairment of cells in the immune system, potentially destroying the human body’s ability to fight infection (“CDC”)....   [tags: Free AIDS Essays] 3382 words
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AIDS - AIDS Aids stand for Acquired Immune Defiency Syndrome, which is the final and the most serious stage of the HIV Disease and it causes damage to the immune system. Between the ages of twenty five to forty four, AIDS is the fifth leading cause of death. Since the start of HIV disease forty seven million have been infected in the world. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus is what causes aids. This virus attacks the immune system and leaves the body open a lot of illnesses and cancers. Aids are transmitted through sexual contact, through blood, or from mother to the child....   [tags: Free AIDS Essays] 524 words
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AIDs - A.I.D.S Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome A.I.D.S., also known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, is a disorder of the body’s immune system. In A.I.D.S. the body stops producing some of its important natural defenses against disease. Victims often die from disease of infections they cannot fight. A.I.D.S is the result of an infection known as HIV, human immunodeficiency virus. A person with HIV gradually loses function of their immune system, becoming less able to fight off common colds and virus, thus eventually leading to death....   [tags: Free AIDS Essays] 1474 words
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HIV/AIDS Awareness - HIV/AIDS Awareness How would you feel if you saw a four-year-old girl have to watch her mother die a slow painful death from AIDS. Well this is what millions of children face everyday living in Africa. Do you ever stop and think about how lucky you are to live a happy and healthy life or do you just take it for granted. An estimated 25 million adults and children are living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa, and AIDS has orphaned an estimated twelve million children. HIV/AIDS is one of the biggest challenges the world faces today....   [tags: HIV and AIDS] 925 words
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We Must Prevent the Spread of HIV/AIDS - HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. However, being HIV-positive, or having HIV disease, is not the same as having AIDS. When a person is infected with HIV the immune system tries to fight off the virus and does make some antibodies, but these antibodies are not able to defeat HIV. Some people do not feel ill at all when they are first infected. They may have no symptoms for a long time. However, some symptoms of HIV infection may include: “extreme tiredness, sometimes combined with headache, dizziness or lightheadedness; swollen glands in the neck, armpits or groin; continued fever or night sweats; weight loss of more than 10 pounds which is not d...   [tags: Aids Disorders Health Medical Essays]
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The Oppression of Women Drives The AIDS Epidemic in Africa - The Oppression of Women Drives The AIDS Epidemic in Africa Africa is facing a devastating crisis with respect to the AIDS epidemic, currently accounting for over 70% of the world's HIV-positive population. There are, of course, many factors that drive the explosive transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, but in the tangled web that is the epidemic in Africa, many of these issues share a common thread. The oppression of women in Africa can be considered the virus' cultural vector. Females are rendered powerless in African societies, and existing gender inequalities are largely responsible for the spread of the disease....   [tags: Disease AIDS Essays Africa Women]
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The Pharmaceutical Industry and the AIDS Crisis in Developing Countries - · Describe the nature of supplying drugs to emerging markets at an affordable price without undermining their profits · Research and analyse in depth the effectiveness of one proposed policy response to this issue. Introduction 1 2001 saw a flurry of events, as highlighted in the excepts of the case study, which caused an awareness by the international community of the inequality between rich and poor nations in the care and treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS. 2 Epitomized by the lawsuit against the South African government, the drug companies "want desperately to be seen helping fight the global AIDS crisis… but the companies also remain unwavering in their defense of patents, even i...   [tags: AIDS Vaccine Drugs Supply Demand] 1837 words
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The Controversy Over HIV/AIDS Disclosure Law - Abstract Forty million people worldwide are infected with the HIV virus. About six percent of them will not inform their intimate partners about their health condition. Many efforts that have been made over the past decade towards establishing a HIV/AIDS law, have finally paid off. The act of disclosing the virus was written in 1990. It caused quite a stir among the citizens of the United States. Many people concluded that there were holes in the disclosure law concerning HIV/AIDS because it lacked complete thought....   [tags: Biology Medical Biomedical Disease HIV AIDS]
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HIV/AIDS Research - HIV/AIDS Research Every part of African society from teachers to soldiers is under attack from Aids with over 30% of the adult population infected in some countries, the United Nations says in a new report. 80% of the world's deaths from AIDS occur in Africa, which at current rate is estimated to be 34 million people to have been infected with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, since the start of the pandemic and 11.4 million are estimated to have died. This epidemic is creating instability in an already fragile African economy....   [tags: HIV, AIDS, Health] 426 words
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The Outbreak of AIDS - In 1981, a disease was discovered that no one knew about before. It caused so much fear that people were scared to talk, hug, or shake hand with those who were affected by the disease. This terrifying disease was AIDS. This paper explains the origin, the symptom, the treatment and the prevention of AIDS. According to Nicoli Nattrass (2013) “Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) originated from cross-species transmission of the simian immunodeficiency virus from primates to humans. When they first saw it in 1981 scientists didn’t know what this new disease was (Nattrass,” 2013)....   [tags: Origin, Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention]
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HIV/AIDS - HIV/AIDS No one can be certain about how or when the AIDS virus emerged. The closest related disease would be a simian immunodeficiency virus. This is where the suggestion arose that this disease was first contracted from a primate. It has also been thought that this once primate-only disease had evolved and somehow became transmitted to people. On June 5, 1981, the first report of AIDS hit the United States. The people weren't quite sure of what they were dealing with, so mistakenly, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released an article concerning a strange outbreak of pneumonia within the male homosexual community....   [tags: HIV and AIDS] 874 words
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HIV and AIDS - Desire to have sex is the result of epidemic widespread of infectious diseases such as HIV and AIDS across the globe. The urge to satisfy sexual desires and lust are the core cause for the transmission of HIV/AIDS from one gender to another. In the case of Mexico, men are mostly to blame for the transmission of infectious disease because of their homosexual activities during their work time in the United States. The argument of this book review revolves around the uncontrollable sexual desires of men, and the lack of available reproductive health institution and care for men are in close relation to the spreading of diseases such as HIV and AIDS The book “Fixing Men: Sex, Birth Control and A...   [tags: disease, sexual desire, men, reproductive health]
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Aids and HIV - Aids and HIV HIV and Aids are sexually transmitted diseases. HIV and Aids can be transmitted several different ways. Some of those ways include sexual intercourse, sharing needles, and bodily fluids. You cannot get Aids or HIV from insect bites, donating blood or casual contact. Aids and HIV were thought to have come from monkeys.HIV can turn into Aids if you don’t know you have it.HIV takes about ten years to turn into AIDS. That is why it is important to get tested for the disease. HIV is what causes AIDS....   [tags: disease, medical, medicine] 555 words
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AIDs in Zimbabwe - The prevalence of AIDs in the African countries has come to be more apparent as the rates of those who have AIDs has increased over the past few years. Zimbabwe is a third world country where many facilities are not available as well as health oriented programs, many people are living under deplorable conditions which also contributes to their risk of infection. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDs caused by HIV, is a disease that is caused by sexual intercourse with those of who are infected with it, AIDs can also be caused by prenatal transmission, and if the mother were to have AIDs then the child would also be infected....   [tags: social issues, african countries]
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AIDS in Africa - “It all started as a rumour...Then we found we were dealing with a disease. Then we realised that it was an epidemic. And, now we have accepted it as a tragedy”- Chief Epidemiologist in Kampala, Uganda. Aids has been a tragic epidemic throughout Africa since 1982. More than one million adults and children die every year from HIV/AIDS in Africa alone. Although a cure for the problem has yet to be discovered, an abundant amount of organizations are helping to alleviate the problem of aids today all over the world in hopes to develop an aids free future....   [tags: history, uganda, epidemic, uganda]
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AIDS and HIV - HIV, or the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a virus which damages and kills cells of the immune system. It attacks the T-cells, key cells of the immune system, and uses them to make copies of itself. After being infected with the virus it progressively interferes and eventually destroys the immune system's ability to fight the anti-genes. HIV may develop into the syndrome AIDS, the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. HIV is an STD - a sexually transmitted disease - and therefore most commonly it is spread through sexual contact, and the virus mainly enters the body through the penis, mouth, lining of the vagina or vulva during sexual activity....   [tags: health, inmune system]
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Hijras and AIDS - What are Hijras. Are they male or female. Hijras believe that they are neither male nor female (Patel, 2010). Hijras struggle with their social status, some are accepted and some are excluded, it depends on the location (Patel, 2010). Because of the struggle with social status, some Hijras go into sex work, which brings into play HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infection’s. According to Abdullah, Hijras are a major source of spreading various STIs (Abdullah, et al., 2012). In 1999, there were somewhere between 2.5 and three million people with HIV or AIDS in India (Patel, 2010)....   [tags: Transgenders, Social Status]
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HIV/AIDS - With reference to one animal or human disease, explain why its economic consequences can vary spatially. Introduction There are many diseases, which produce economic consequences and which can vary in their effect depending on location. Some are Tuberculosis (TB), Malaria, Ebola Virus and AIDs. Throughout this report I am going to focus on the AIDs virus. HIV is the Human immunodeficiency virus, and AIDs is the Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, which it causes. HIV is a slow retrovirus, which means that not only does it take months to show any symptoms and years to develop fully....   [tags: HIV, AIDS, Health] 1969 words
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The Social Consequences of the AIDS in Africa - ... A number of African countries have conducted large scale HIV prevention initiatives in an endeavour to reduce the scale of their epidemics. Senegal, for example, took action early on to the surfacing of HIV with burly political and community leadership. It is impossible to predict how Senegal's epidemic would have advanced without interference. Senegal now has one of the lowest AIDS dominance rates in the sub-Saharan Africa. Tackling the AIDS crisis in Africa is a continuing task that requires unrelenting effort and planning; both within African countries themselves and amongst the international communities....   [tags: somalia, senegal, disease] 801 words
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AIDS is Now a Global Pandemic - AIDS IS NOW A GLOBAL PANDEMIC Millions of people worldwide are affected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The origin of HIV not yet has a theory supported by clear evidence. Nobody knows how many people developed AIDS in the early 70s and also it is unknown for certain where the AIDS virus HIV came from, but it is now generally accepted that the origin of AIDS can be linked back to Africa. Mann J.M. (1992, p. 11) reported that “Extensive worldwide spread of HIV started in the in the mid-to late 1970s....   [tags: HIV, stigmatization and discrimination] 1214 words
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Impacts of Tuberculosis and AIDS on Society - ... Until about the late 1800s, no one knew what was causing this disease. Robert Koch, a German physician and microbiologist, discovered the causative microorganism responsible for TB(Landau). This discovery led to other key discoveries, such as how it is spread, different types of TB, symptoms, etc. As these discoveries progressed and the spread of the disease regressed, the money and time spent on research for TB slowly began to decrease in amount. People has thought the war against TB was coming to an end....   [tags: white plague, symptoms, death] 693 words
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The Devasting Effects of The AIDS - Many believe AIDS to be a horrific infection, thus AIDS is an infection that does not effect one unless one catches other infections or sicknesses from it. One can still live a normal life, but one has more risks. Also, at risk, thus AIDS is a devastating infection that not only effects people's health, but also their life around them. AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (Houle 8). “Acquired” means that the disease is inherited from somebody else who has it (Houle 7). “Immuniodefienciency” means there is an issue with the body's immune system, one's immune system is what cures somebody when they get a cold or any kind of sickness (Houle 8)....   [tags: horrific infection, blood, HIV]
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AIDS and Heterosexuals in the Australian - Study Overview The study entitled From complacency to panic: AIDS and heterosexuals in the Australian press, July 1986 to June 1988 (Lupton, 1992) reports on the preliminary findings from a content analysis of AIDS news coverage in Australian press from June 1986 to July 1988. When revealing the preliminary varying ideologies in press, Lupton stresses the importance of evaluating how the popular media selects and presents news according to societal interests. Lupton (1992) seeks to point out the common situation in Australia that most people lies on information reported by the media rather than by health professionals....   [tags: homosexual, health, social construction]
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Prevalence of AIDS in African Countries - The prevalence of AIDs in the African countries has come to be more apparent as the rates of those who have AIDs has increased over the past few years. Zimbabwe is a third world country where many facilities are not available as well as health oriented programs, many people are living under deplorable conditions which also contributes to their risk of infection. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDs caused by HIV, is a disease that is caused by sexual intercourse with those of who are infected with it, AIDs can also be caused by prenatal transmission, and if the mother were to have AIDs then the child would also be infected....   [tags: spread of HIV related diseases] 1055 words
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The Media Influence of the AIDS Virus - Few modern health issues have received as much media interest and controversy as the AIDS virus. The AIDS virus was first named in 1981 to explain a collection of diseases that developed as a result of a compromised immune system. Individuals who were young and apparently healthy were showing signs of conditions that were typical of those with a severely depressed immune response. It was also noted, at the time, these conditions were limited to the gay community. As the disease became more prevalent, individuals, groups, and communities responded in fear and hatred toward the population they believed to be responsible for this epidemic, the gay community....   [tags: immune, systen, conditions, gay, prejudice] 1423 words
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The History of AIDS and HIV - In 1981, The CDC had made a report of cases pertaining to young gay men and a rare lung infection, pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. By June 5, 1981, two out of the five men infected by the disease had died. This is the first the AIDS epidemic is released. (Multiple) At this time, aids was a new disease, there is nothing new about a novel epidemic, which can actually decimate a population. By the time the report was released, within days doctors from all around the world reported similar cases. Shortly after, the CDC receives reports of cases of a rare form of cancer , Kaposi’s Sarcoma, among a group of gay men in New York and California....   [tags: recently discovered diseases and syndrome] 2765 words
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HIV and AIDS in the Economy - Scientists and researchers across the globe have been puzzled ever since AIDS and HIV first made their appearance in the 1980s. This epidemic has been the subject of many arguments and fierce debates throughout recent history, with everything from a promiscuous flight attendant to a suspect vaccine program being blamed. HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a virus that kills your body’s necessary ‘CD4 cells” (aka T-helper cells), which keep your body healthy and fight off anything that may be threatening to your life....   [tags: Disease]
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Origin and Evolution of the AIDS Virus - Introduction: A virus is an infective agent that typically consists of a nucleic acid molecule in a protein coat. It is too small to be seen by light microscopy and is able to multiply only within the living cells of a host. One virus that has received global attention over the last thirty years or so is the HIV/AIDS virus. This virus attacks the body’s immune system, which in turn stops the body’s ability to be able to fight off illness. Thus, people who contract HIV/AIDS are susceptible to death by sicknesses that a healthy individual is able to recover from easily....   [tags: cell, HIV, immune system, HIV-1, health, treatment]
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AIDS: The Mystery Behind the Curtain - Human beings will always obtain viruses that try to attack their immune system, but no other virus is as deadly at doing so as the AIDS virus. AIDS is derived from its earlier version known as HIV, once a healthy body acquires HIV it is prone to advancing towards the more deadly version of the virus, AIDS. Viruses are one of the key divisions of minuscule agents which trigger transferable disease. To be put into simple terms, viruses are organisms which contain an inherited operator that permits them to take control of the regular performance of the cells they infect....   [tags: Disease/Disorders]
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Improvement of Aids in Uganda - Aids is a worldwide pandemic, it is affecting people on every continent, and country. However this paper focuses on Africa, within the county of Uganda. In Uganda, AIDS rate has dropped drastically in the last ten years. Whether it is due to deaths, incorrect calculations, change in behavior or a country coming together as one, this country has worked for several years to reduce the rate of people infected with the disease. Although, Uganda has made commendable progress in improving the fight towards AIDS they still lack and are in much more of improvement....   [tags: disease, progress, fight, education, awareness] 576 words
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HIV and the Condition of AIDS - Introduction HIV has been a major global issue for over 100 years. It is estimated that 1.6 million people died as a result of this virus in 2012 (“Fact sheet”, 2012). Due to statistics such as the one I just cited, I decided to write this review essay on HIV and the condition of AIDS. As an up and coming scientist, I feel it is imperative that we strive to grow in our understanding of diseases, such as AIDS, so that we can do our part in slowing its spread; also, so that more individuals may be inspired to devote their life’s work to producing a cure....   [tags: health, diseases, prevention]
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Tactical Media and the AIDS Crisis - When the concept of governance is identified, it is most often associated with states, governments, and large corporations. However, one of the doors that democracy has opened for citizens has led to their ability to influence governance in a method that states, governments, and large corporations are not able to identify with. Concerned citizens and informal project activists have the capacity to motivate and create social change through their use of new media to challenge large issues that are often kept buried by political figures and the state....   [tags: concept of governance] 565 words
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The Horror of AIDS Virus - The Horror of AIDS Virus AIDS is a communicable disease that has the ability to damage the immune system. A communicable disease is a type of disease that can spread from a person to a person. The immune system is a structure that conducts several processes to prevent from getting a disease. “The origins of HIV date back to the late nineteenth or early twentieth century in west-central Africa. AIDS and its cause, HIV, were first identified and recognized in the early 1980s” (What Is AIDS... 1). AIDS is the final stage of the HIV infection....   [tags: communicable disease, immune system] 1578 words
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HIV and AIDS: The Epidemic - HIV and AIDS have affected millions of people throughout the world. Since 1981, there have been 25 million deaths due to AIDS involving men, women, and children. Presently there are 40 million people living with HIV and AIDS around the world and two million die each year from AIDS related illnesses. The Center for Disease Control estimates that one-third of the one million Americans living with HIV are not aware that they have it. The earliest known case of HIV was in 1959. It was discovered in a blood sample from a man in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo....   [tags: Disease ]
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AIDS - Research Paper: AIDS Did you know that in the United States of America the sixth leading cause of death in people from their mid 20’s through their mid 40’s is AIDS (Zuger, 2010). AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and is a disease derived from the virus known as Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The immune system gets broken down when someone has AIDS and it is basically the highest form of HIV. When a person has HIV, the CD4 cells get infected and start to deteriorate and once the CD4 count is below 200, the person is considered to have AIDS rather than HIV (“Living”, 2005)....   [tags: Medical Conditions]
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Need to Invest in an AIDS Vaccine - Today, more than 40 million people worldwide live with HIV/AIDS, with 95 percent of the total living in developing countries. Since the beginning of the epidemic in 1981, more than 75 million people have contracted HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and almost 36 million have died as a result of HIV-related causes. Although currently more people than ever before have access to life-saving antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS, for every person who begins treatment, two or three others become infected with HIV....   [tags: infect, epidemic, technology] 697 words
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Life As An HIV/Aids Counselor - Becoming a Mental Health Counselor for a patient with HIV/Aids is a position of dignity that can be often skewed or unwarranted due to the negative realm our society has placed upon the diagnosis. The main function of the HIV/Aids counselor is to be supportive of his or her infected and affected clients, to listen to their problems and to empower them to solve their problems and better their lives. These abilities can come easy for some; harder for others. I, as an HIV/Aids counselor, will embrace my future clients that seek my services....   [tags: Counseling ]
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The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in China - China is known as a conservative country where homosexuality, drug use, and premarital sex are not acknowledged as common practices and are not considered problems. However, China is going through a period of rapid social transformation where these practices are becoming visible and being acknowledged by the Chinese. Recently, Chinese officials have recognized and admitted that the country is experiencing a widespread outbreak of HIV/AIDS. Previously, China adopted the position that there was little to no HIV/AIDS in the country, but now officials are admitting that they do in fact have a large population of citizens with HIV/AIDS....   [tags: Epidemics]
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AIDS in African American Community - Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a chronic, potentially life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). AIDS weakens the immune system hampering the body’s defense mechanisms. AIDS is known to be a deadly disease, especially if it is not treated in a timely manner. AIDS and HIV is an epidemic that is increasing among the African American population with roots tracing back to Africa, AIDS and HIV needs greater exposure and more awareness within the African American community and in the homosexual community....   [tags: HIV, immune system, epidemic]
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Origin and Treatment of AIDS - History and Introduction: There are different myths and views in relation to the origin of HIV. Some researchers believe that HIV-1 and HIV-2 have originated in non-human primates, particularly from chimpanzee and monkeys, in West-central Africa and were transferred to humans in the early 20th century. (UNAIDS, 2007) Another school-of-thought says that people who went for hunting acquired SIV. After, several individual to individual transmissions of SIV, its mutant form, HIV appeared. Some genetic studies of the virus suggest that the most recent common ancestor of the HIV-1 M group dates back to 1910, linking HIV epidemic to the increasing population of colonial African cities at that tim...   [tags: HIV, primates, prostitution, unsafe sex]
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HIV/Aids in the African Continent - HIV/AIDS, the latest, contemporary disease that is afflicting and devastating millions, about thirty-five million of the worlds population, a little less than one percent, of which seventy percent inhabits the cotenant of Africa, where a great many developing countries are found. As of the late nineties, researchers have concluded, taken from SIV infected chimpanzees samples, that developed because of a chimpanzee had slaughtered and consumed two other monkeys, infected with their own diseases, and a poacher had shot, cooked, and had eaten the gruesomely infected SIV chimpanzee, only to be infected with a new, severe disease, known as AIDS (Theguardian.com)....   [tags: infected chimpazees, sub-Saharan Africa]
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HDI and HIV AIDS Namibia - On the rest of the years (2010-2012) the situation is not different from the comparison established between 2005 and 2009. African countries having abysmal gap between them and the European countries. The European level of prevalence does not even reach the one percent while in the African countries, the HIV prevalence is rampant. It is important to note that the correlation calculation for these last three years has just kept increasing: 95% in 2010, 96% in 2011 and 98% for 2012. An utterly strong correlation between HDI and HIV....   [tags: pandemic, namibia africa]
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On-Going Fear of AIDS - AIDS isn’t a disease people have known about since the 1800s. In fact, it wasn’t even known as AIDS until a couple years after its discovery in the 1980s. Before, it was called Gay Related Immunodeficiency Disease, or GRID (“Natural History of HIV/AIDS”). And because of the fact it wasn’t discovered until the 1980s, people feared the disease and still do to this day. It’s been thirty years and many are still not properly educated about AIDS (Hawkins 16). The fear, stigmatization, and discrimination of people with AIDS and the disease in general have many underlying factors....   [tags: Disease/Disorders]
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The Immune System: HIV/AIDS - HIV is a world pandemic that has caused the death of “30 million” (CDC – Statistics Overview – Statistics Center – HIV/AIDS, CDC) innocent lives. HIV is devastating virus that destroys people’s immune systems and leaves them vulnerable to other diseases. HIV is an acronym for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which means that the virus is found only in humans and targets the immune system. The virus kills CD4 cells, cells in the immune system that fight off infections and diseases. HIV has been around since the “1950’s.” (AIDS, 6) About “34.2 million” (CDC – Statistics Overview – Statistics Center – HIV/AIDS, CDC) people are living with HIV today....   [tags: virus, pandemic]
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HIV/AIDS Discrimination and Injustice - Since the first cases of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in 1981, over 36 million people have died from the disease’s progression from HIV to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, scientists generally accept that the HIV virus started in a specific type of chimpanzee in Western Africa. HIV weakens the patient’s immune system by “destroying important cells that fight disease and infection.” After HIV is acquired, progresses, and grows it turns into a much more lethal stage, AIDS....   [tags: health, Samaritan's Purse]
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HIV and AIDS Epidemic - 1.1 INTRODUCTION There is no doubt that the HIV and AIDS epidemic has had a devastating influence on Africa, especially in my community of Qumbu. The AIDS epidemic has killed more lives than the sum total of all wars, famines and floods, and the ravages of deadly diseases as Malaria. It is destroying families in my community, overwhelming and depleting health care services. The AIDS epidemic influence in my community is significant ways should developed to reduce its effect. (Abdool Karim and Abdool Karim 2010) 1.2 HIV AND AIDS IN MY COMMUNITY A few years ago, a lot would have not estimated the current state of the HIV and AIDS pandemic in society....   [tags: morbidity and mortality, africa] 1038 words
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South Africa's AIDS Epidemic - Because of the numerous unethical human experiments performed following the development of the germ theory, distrust in the medical establishment has become shockingly high ("America's Shocking Secret: Pictures that Show How U.S. Experimented on Its Own Disabled Citizens and Prison Inmates"). This distrust is the root cause of 300,000 South Africans dying in the early 2000s due to a phenomenon known as AIDS denial ("The Subterranean War on Science"). In the March 2002 publication entitled Castro Hlongwane, Caravans, Cats, Geese, Foot & Mouth and Statistics, the authors cite numerous sources to help explain why they are suspicious of the field of biomedicine, especially of the details rega...   [tags: HIV, Denial, Lack of Trust]
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AIDS: The Modern Epidemic - AIDS: The Modern Epidemic When we speak on the taboo subject of AIDS, many questions arise. First of all where did this wretched disease come from, what is it, who has it, and who can contract it. AIDS has terrorized the world for over 20 years and yet there is still no cure. In its short existence it has become one of the most rapidly spreading diseases in the history of mankind. The question regarding AIDS is, “will there ever be a cure?” Scientists may never be able to answer that question....   [tags: HIV, cure, blood]
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AIDS and Philadelphia (1993) - ... The virus can then enter the bloodstream of the host through perforations in the tissue surface. The risk of this happening is greatest in anal intercourse, either between two men or a man and a woman.” HIV is spread through a direct exchange of blood or blood products. This mode of transmission is most frequent among IV drug users who share injection needles. It includes, as well, hemophiliacs and other persons who receive blood transfusions, and fetuses of mothers who carry the AIDS virus.” AIDS has sparked considerable interest and controversy since the start of the epidemic....   [tags: drug, bllod, international, travel] 1128 words
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The Stigma of HIV/AIDS - Erving Goffman, defined Stigma as “a dynamic process of devaluation that significantly discredits’ an individual in the eyes of others” (Sengupta, 2010, p. 1075). PLWHA are subject to stigmatization- that is, to the consequences of being designated as socially deviant (Sandelowski et al, 2009, p.274). In other words, stigma hinders individuals with HIV/AIDS; the stigma of HIV/AIDS is often associated with various groups such as African Americans, women, homosexuals, and intravenous drug users. In addition, people living with “HIV is stigmatized leading to severe social consequences related to their rights, health care services, freedom, self identity, and social interactions” (Mawar et al.,...   [tags: social interactions, deviant behaviors, health] 3013 words
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The Spreading of HIV/AIDS - ... However, many problems have also arose together with this influence as there are people who misinterpreted and misused the meaning of freedom. One of the problem rose from this is the outbreak of widespread diseases such as HIV/AIDS. This disease have developed into an international issue as it has been spreading rapidly throughout the world. The government are having difficulties to maintain the development of HIV/AIDS because it is administered through body fluids and this is especially deadly for those who are involved in promiscuity, such as sex workers....   [tags: globalization, promiscuity, sex workers] 680 words
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Canadian Aboriginals and HIV/AIDS - The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and its deriving acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) are devastating conditions that currently affect approximately 35.3 million individuals globally (WHO, 2012). In the Canadian context, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS ascended to 71,300 cases in 2011, with 8.9% of the affected individuals being aboriginal peoples (PHAC, 2011). This number not only indicates an overrepresentation of the aboriginal population among the totality of HIV/AIDS cases in the country, but it also illustrates an elevated incidence of 17.3% from the numbers reported in 2008 (PHAC, 2011)....   [tags: canada, public health, virus]
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Act Against AIDS Campaign - I am choosing to write about the Act Against AIDS campaign. Act Against AIDS is a five year 45 million dollar communications campaign that was launched in 2009 and designed to refocus national attention on the HIV crisis in America. Act Against AIDS raises awareness about HIV and its impact on the lives of all Americans, and fights stigma by showing that persons with HIV are real people. They also feature highly specified campaigns that target high risk groups. These campaigns include Greater Then AIDS, Testing Makes Us Stronger, Lets Stop HIV Together and Take Charge....   [tags: campaign, communication, stigma]
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HIV/AIDS and Group Therapy - History of HIV/AIDS The first main cases started coming up around the early 1980s from those of homosexual males in New York and California. At the time, AIDS did not even have a name in the United States until later on after the cases were connected. The origin of HIV is believed to be a descendant of a similar disease that affected primates, or Simian Immunodeficiency Virus. This was discovered from a group of researchers at the University of Alabama in 1999 through a ten-year study of the virus....   [tags: Diseases/Disorders]
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AIDS Prevention in Africa - During the last three decades, the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus have taken the lives of many women and men in Africa, as well as infecting their unborn children. Is there enough being done to eradicate this disease in Africa, and will the cost of these treatments limit those who do not have the available income to afford these drugs. Scientist and researchers have worked over the years to find a cure or vaccine for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, but it remains the most incurable infection in the world....   [tags: Africa ]
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Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, AIDS - HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus and is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. HIV is unlike other viruses in the sense that the human body cannot get rid of HIV, in other words, once you have HIV you have it for life. There are two types of the HIV virus, HIV-1 and HIV-2. AIDS was first recognized in 1981, but the causative virus was not identified until 1983 when a reverse transcriptase containing virus was recovered from the lymph node of a man with persistent lymphadenopathy syndrome at the Pasteur Institute (Levy, 1993)....   [tags: HIV, retrovirus, thrush]
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Fighting the AIDS Prejudice - Nkosi Johnson was South Africa’s longest surviving kid born with HIV positive. If Gail wasn’t his foster mother then he couldn’t become an icon of aspiration and courage. He always thankful and seek for a better way to live his life. Furthermore, Gail stood behind and supported him to go front of people. They were reliant on each other. They loved each other so much. If there was no faith among them, then their great accomplishments would never happen. In South Africa, Gail was white women who have been against the obnoxious system called apartheid system, which separated people by their races....   [tags: Disease] 638 words
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The Origin of HIV/AIDS - ... During the first 2 weeks to a month after exposure to the HIV infection, most infected individuals with display symptoms of a severe flu. The symptoms include fever, swollen glands, sore throat, rash, muscle and joint aches and pains, fatigue, and headache. The early period of infection is known as the “acute retroviral syndrome” (Stages, 2013). Once the virus is out of the acute stage it enters into the latency stage where it continues to replicate but no symptoms are shown. As the infection progresses and the immune system becomes seriously damaged then the virus has now developed into AIDS....   [tags: blood, main transmission] 806 words
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AIDS and Healthcare Workers - The case of Doctor David Acer and his HIV infected patients reads as a question of ethical and legal dilemmas as well as a murder mystery. According to authorities, Dr. Acer either knowingly or unknowingly infected five of his patients with the strain of the AIDS virus he himself was infected with (Altman, 1993). Whether or not Dr. Acer was guilty of intentionally infecting his patients is not able to be answered beyond any reasonable doubt, however the ethical questions it presents merit discussion....   [tags: HIV, ethics, homosexuals]
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