Over the years HIV/AIDS has been a name that many Americans can identify. One may have seen a few commercials or ads pertaining to the topic, while others might have experienced losing a loved one to the disease. Despite that many people still become infected with the virus each year. Since its introduction HIV/AIDS has been known as one of the world’s most deadly diseases. Although a popular topic, most have little to no knowledge at all about the disease. If people become more aware of this disease there is a possibility that this could raise the likelihood of prevention. This research paper gives one a general overview of the HIV/AIDS by providing information on the history, transmission, and prevention in hopes of increasing awareness.
The human immunodeficiency virus also known as HIV has been around for many years now. One of the earliest cases of the HIV infection was discovered around 1959 (The History of HIV). Many say that the disease originally came from primates. In 1981 the Centers of Disease Control first reported the disease to the public (Whiteside, ch.1). Many could only speculate about the disease, not knowing what caused it. A year later the Centers of Disease control names the disease AIDS, which stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Cooper, Mary). The acronym for AIDS gives one the hint that the disease affects the immune system. By the end of 1982 there were nearly 600 cases of AIDS (Mantel, Barbara). In 1984 it was discovered that AIDS was the latter effect of the HIV virus (The History of HIV). Over the years the number of those infected with HIV/AIDS began to rise. Even a few celebrities had become infected with the disease. ...
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...ected with the disease. ART which stands for antiretroviral therapy uses multiple HIV drugs to halt the diseases progression (HIV/AIDS: The Basics). These medicines however do not provide one with a cure and must be taken for the remainder of one’s life in order to live (Mantel, Barbara). Clinical trials are very important towards the progression and fight against the disease (HIV/AIDS: The Basics). Without these trials many of the medicines currently used by HIV patients most likely wouldn’t exist or be as effective as it is currently.
In short, HIV/AIDS is something many people should be more aware of. This disease has been around for about 30 years or so. Within those 30 years medicinal progress has been made, yet scientist and researchers have been unable to find a vaccination. Many lives have been lost and many more deaths will come until a solution is found.
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