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HIV And Aids Essay

HIV and Aids are something that have been a major problem in a large part of the world for many years. These viruses have destroyed many families and have taken many people’s lives. There are many different ways for a person to receive the virus. As of today, there is still no cure for these horrible diseases. Until scientists and doctors are able to find a medicine that can cure them, many people will continue to be affected by these diseases. This research paper will break down each virus separately to better explain what they exactly are and how they affect people by their signs, symptoms, etc.
The first virus I researched was that of HIV. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. To better break it down, the “H’ stands for human because this particular virus can only infect humans. No other animal on earth can be infected by HIV. The “I” stands for Immunodeficiency because the virus weakens the immune system. Lastly, the V stands for virus because it can only reproduce by taking over a cell in the body of its host. HIV is very common to other viruses we see every day such as the flu, or common cold. The main difference is that when you get a virus such as the flu, your immune system will soon be able to defeat that virus and you will become healthy again. Unfortunately, this is not the case with the HIV virus. The immune system is not able to defeat this virus so once it enters your body you have it for the rest of your life. However, HIV has been known to hide for long periods of time. For this to happen it must attack certain parts of your immune system. If the HIV virus attacks your T-cells or CD4 cells, it will remain dormant and could hide for a very long time. These cells are used for fighting infe...

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...be contained early enough in the process and proper treatment is received, it can add decades onto a person’s life.
HIV and AIDS are viruses that are very common in today’s society and an issue that has been very popular since the 1980’s. Millions of lives could be saved if the proper steps are taken to educate the less fortunate so they can learn about how to prevent these viruses from being transmitted to one another. It is also important to educate the youth of our society so they know the risks and consequences that could occur if they are not safe while preforming acts that are not part of the norm. When the proper steps are taken to educate, and treat those with HIV and AIDS it can prevent millions of people from dying from these horrible diseases.

This chart shows the number of HIV infections within different races and ethnicities in the United States.

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