The virus gets very strong over time and begin to kill certain cells, such as, your T-cells. Over time, HIV can destroy so many cells that your body will not be able to fight off simple infections. When this happens, HIV can lead to AIDS. AIDS is Acquired immunodeficiency Syndrome. This is the final stage of HIV.
Millions are infected and this can last for a life time. There is no cure and is contagious. HIV can be transmitted through sex, blood, oral sex, sperm, vagina fluids, also from the milk of the breast. HIV and AIDS can be also transmitted through needles, like a tattoo needle or a needle to inject drugs. Women that have HIV can pass it on to their offspring in the womb, because it is in the blood flow which goes through into the offspring.
Everyone has possibility of contracting AIDS and HIV; it can change one’s world in a heart beat. 1 HIV/AIDS has become a pandemic virus because of how quickly it has spread throughout the entire world. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which means that it is a virus that attacks the immune system and it can only infect humans. HIV are like other viruses but there is an important difference, overtime your immune system can clear most viruses out of your body. HIV is different, the human immune system can’t get rid of it and scientist are still trying to figure out why our immune system can’t clear it.
30 years ago, many wondered how do people get Aids. After years of studies Aids comes from HIV. Aids is the most advanced stage of HIV infection. What having the infection HIV do to your body is it destroys your immune system. Also you get terrible flu to the point of death.
This causes a lot of issues with even more people getting the disease because those they might have received it from an individual who did not know they were even carrying the disease (Henry, 2011). In this Case Study, I will go into detail on how we can make ethical decision making with this issue, and possibly develop a solution to stop this epidemic from spreading (Perlin, 2002). Case Study Patient X is a young mother about the age of 21, who already has a 3 year old girl, has just discovered that she now has HIV from a recurring drug problem. She was sharing drug needles with her drug distributor. The problem is patient X is pregnant again and fears that the baby will be born with the disease.
HIV is a powerful and clever virus. WebMD reported that this infectious virus destroys your immune system which impedes with your body’s ability to get rid of it; the virus targets the specific cells that are trying to destroy it (2013). As soon as the virus enters the bloodstream, HIV begins doing its job to survive and resist anything against it by depending on other cells to increase their population, WebMD stated (2013). HIV uses the immune system defenders called CD4 T-cells’ DNA to persistently replicate the virus and terminates the CD4 T-cells afterwards, WebMD specified (2013). The virus uses an enzyme called reverse... ... middle of paper ... ...rticles.latimes.com/2013/oct/23/science/la-sci-sn-baby-cured-of-hiv-report-20131023 McNeil Jr. D. G. (2012, July 3).
Ignorance and denial is also a big helper when is comes to promoting HIV. Other behaviors that encourage the spread of this virus are intravenous drug users sharing needles, homosexual male intimacy, unprotected sex of any kind, and by any means of body fluid exchange contact. AIDS is the leading cause of death amongst Americans 25-44 years old. I, myself who falls into the high-risk age group have heard acquaintances express precarious behavior in light of this killer disease. A lot of people are fooled by the myth that HIV cannot be passed on by oral stimulation.
Recent studies indicate that HIV may have jumped from monkeys to humans as far back as the late 1800s” (“What is HIV/AIDS?” 2014). Today, these evolved diseases attack T-cells and eventually destroy a majority of the human immune system, making it difficult for those infected to fight off diseases (Shannon 2014). Many associate the HIV and AIDS together, but do not necessarily know the difference between them. To clarify, AIDS is an acquired syndrome after a person is infected with HIV and the virus has destroyed a great deal of healthy cells (Shannon 2014). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states, “AIDS is the late stage of HIV infection, when a person’s immune system is severely damaged and has difficulty fighting diseases and certain cancers” (“What is HIV/AIDS?” 2014).
“Immune System 101.” AIDS.gov. United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2011. Web. 25 April 2014. Rintamaki, Lance S., et al.
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.