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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). Not many people know that AIDS is extremely prevalent in the world because it is not spoken about in society as much as it used to be when it first became an issue in the 1980s. Contrary to popular belief, AIDS cannot be transmitted from person to person by sharing the same food or drink or by kissing someone who has HIV or AIDS and the only ways to spread HIV are sexually, through blood, use of unsterilized needles or if the person’s mother had HIV when they were born and/or breast-feeding (Zuger, 2010). There are many signs and symptoms that come to someone who has AIDS and there is treatment for it but sadly, there is no cure.

AIDS symptoms are similar to that of less severe sicknesses such as the flu (“HIV”, 2011). As when having the flu, a fever, chills, and headaches are a few of the indicators of Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Other symptoms are weakness, weight loss, and swollen lymph nodes (Zuger, 2010). Lymph nodes are glands that are a part of our immune system and when they become swollen, it is a sign of an infection (Vorvick, 2012). If your lymph nodes are swollen, try not to jump to conclusions and automatically think you have ...

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