The only way to prolong the virus is to follow doctor's orders and take medications like AZT (A drug that helps people with HIV/AIDS, by following this advice a person can only hope that it will help them. So if there is no cure for HIV/AIDS than why do so many people contract it knowing that they will eventually die? The reason older people contract AIDS is usually because they are careless and have either unprotected sex or they use drugs.
It is never easy to hear that you have contracted HIV some type of way whether if it was through unprotected sex, needles or from the mother, therefore it is best to get educated and protect yourself from many things. There are many ways that a person can protect themselves from contracting HIV. One of the best ways to know if you have HIV and to stop from spreading it is getting tested. It is okay to talk to your partner about getting tested for the virus. Also, if you use a condom every time you have sex you can lower your risk of contracting and transmitting HIV.
Some might not know that AIDS is in fact the final stage of the HIV infection. HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus that can only infect human beings. This is similar to many other viruses like the flu but there is one very important difference. Our bodies for some reason are not able to get rid of this horrible virus and scientist are still trying to figure out why this is ("What Is HIV/AIDS?," 2012). This virus weakens your immune system by destroying cells that are important to fighting disease and infection ("What Is HIV/AIDS?," 2012).
This epidemic is spreading throughout countries and infecting 14 thousand victims every day. Learning about HIV includes knowing how to contract the virus, understanding most of the people it affects, how to prevent the spread of it, and knowing what treatments are available. HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a progressive disease that attacks and weakens the immune system causing the HIV-positive person to become more susceptible to any ailments and infections. Human Immunodeficiency Virus is caused by the transfer of bodily functions including blood, breast milk, semen, and vaginal secretions. Sex, including oral, vaginal, and anal, is the most common way of obtaining HIV.
Over time, this virus can destroy such an abundance of these cells that the body is eventually unable to fight off infections and diseases. HIV can be transmitted from person to person only through certain fluids of an infected individual; blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. These fluids must come into contact with a mucous membrane, damaged tissue, or be directly injected into the bloodstream for transmission to possibly occur. Mucous membranes can be found inside the rectum, the vagina, the opening of the penis, and the mouth. In the United States HIV is mainly spread by having unprotected sex with someone who is infected by the HIV virus.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is also known as HIV. Human Immunodeficiency Virus attacks and weakens the immune system by causing important cells that fight disease and infection to vanish. HIV is most like other viruses, the flu or the common cold, except there is a difference. As time passes, the immune system can clear out most infections out of the body. The situation with HIV is the human immune system can't seem to dispose the infection.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, is a virus that destroys the immune system of a person. This virus is highly contagious and can be transmitted in many ways including: vaginal, oral, and anal sex, sharing needles, coming into contact with infected bodily fluids, and also through pregnancy, which is known as mother to child transmission. In the United States, there are about 1.1 million people with HIV and every year there are 540,000 new infections. It is important to note that of those new infections, 25% of them are in women. When a woman becomes pregnant, her unborn child will take from her body the required nutrients and blood that the child needs to develop properly.
HIV/AIDS attacks the body by three disease processes: immunodeficiency, autoimmunity, and nervous system dysfunction; destroying specific white blood cells called ... ... middle of paper ... ...g or diarrhea. Common ailments for those infected HIV/AIDS are (among others): tuberculosis, cytomegalovirus, cryptococcosis, and candidiasis. Neurological complications and kidney disease can weaken your immune system as well. The World Health Organization announced that there are more than 30 million people living with HIV and AIDS, a majority of them living in Africa, and one tenth children under the age of 15 with thousands more becoming infected every day. Half, without treatment, will die before their second birthday.
All over the world, innocent children are dying from Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Although it is most commonly known as a sexually transmitted disease, HIV can be transmitted from mother to child as well. HIV is a virus which attacks the T cells or CD4 cells, which are white blood cells required by the body to fight infections and diseases (Piot and Quinn). HIV uses these cells to make copies of itself and then destroys them. Over time, HIV attacks so many T cells that the body does not have the ability to fight infections and diseases.
Some of the common symptoms are fever, sweats, swollen glands, chills, weaknesses, and weight loss. There is no cure for Aids at this very moment, but there are several treatments that are available that can possibly slow down the progression of the disease for many years and improve the quality of life for the ones who have the symptoms. Antiviral Therapy suppresses the replication of the HIV Virus in the body. A combination of several antiretroviral agents, termed Highly Active Retroviral Therapy (HAART), has been highly effective in reducing the number of the HIV particle in the blood stream. This might help the immune system come back for a while and improve the T-cells count.