opinion Essay
2364 words
2364 words

Michelle Lee Pelletier & Sarah Smith
December, 16, 1998
Mr. Marquis
Honors Chemistry


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. Since then the definition of A.I.D.S. has changed many times, and will no doubt keep changing. And as people learn more about it, they seek out a cure. Scientist have been working hard on a cure for more than a decade. They have come up with many pill "cocktails" or other forms of medications, but so far the cure is still far away. People with A.I.D.S/HIV are running out of time, yet it seems that there is sadly till a lot of ignorance and misunderstanding of the disease, and without understanding a cure is pushed farther away. Stealing a chance of survival from another person. The myths and truths need to be sorted out, a cure must be found, and the disease itself must be contained.
The HIV virus was discovered in 1981. Compared to many other diseases that have had a relatively huge impact on mankind, it is relatively new. Cancers and so forth have been here since man. HIV was not connected to Aids, or proven to be the cause until 1984. Since The discovery it has gone through many changes, and many names. HIV was formally known as Lymphadenopathy-associated virus (lAV), Human T-Cell lymotropic virus type III (HTLV III). It is relatively new, which means that both AIDS and HIV are subjected to much change through the new few decades, we may know a significant amount about it at this time, but new information is learned everyday. The information behind the cause of Aids is inconclusive. Though it has been said the first case from a monkey in Africa, this may not be the story, but man did get the virus from monkeys. How they got it from the monkey is another thing. Perhaps the "monkey" (which is immune to the virus, which is believed to be because the monkey doesn't have co-receptors on it's white blood cells) had bleeding gums or had a higher content of HIV in its blood system.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that a.i.d.s is an epidemic of the nineties. there are over one million people infected with hiv in the us, and over 250,000 cases of aids.
  • Explains that the hiv virus was discovered in 1981, but it was not connected to aids until 1984. it was formally known as lymphadenopathy-associated virus, human t-cell lymotropic virus type iii.
  • Argues that the aids virus has conquered many medications by growing immune to it.
  • Explains the difference between hiv and aids by the t-cell count per cubic millimeter of blood.
  • Explains that hiv virus weakens a person's immune system by attacking the white blood cell. most aids patients die of cancer, or heart disease.
  • Explains that as hiv terrorizes the immune system, the person loses more and more t cells. aids leaves them wide open to almost anything, even a common cold could put them in bed for months.
  • Explains that aids can be spread like wildfire, and that unprotected sex is one of the leading causes of transmission.
  • Explains that only 25% of mothers with hiv/aids transmit aids to their unborn child. people who share, or use dirt needles are at risk of getting hiv.
  • Opines that aids doesn't deserve research, and that it's like leprosy, which was shunned.
  • Opines that if they weren't a bad chemist, they would want to go into the lab and look for cure/vaccine. the only way they could help is by being tested with different vaccines.
  • Predicts that these two men are doing this, because of a very serious matter.
  • Opines that protease inhibitors are not the way to go, since they have already proven to worsen some people's conditions.
  • Opines that aids affects the poor countries, so there is no need to research like mad in the united states. the virus mutates and grows stronger, and if we don't help the other countries it will get out of control.
  • Opines that the best move is to but more research into a vaccine and to continue grants for further studies into the combination of nevirapine and the older aids drugs azt and ddi.
  • Believes that if we continue to research the above drugs, why trying our hardest to vaccinate, then eradicate, and there will be some hope within the next 50 years. education of the virus, not only in united states, would greatly help get it under control.
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