AIDS Case Study

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Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, most commonly known as AIDS, is a serious medical condition that has spread from Central Africa to the rest of the world. AIDS is the final stage of HIV infection, however, not everyone gets AIDS from HIV. “AIDS is the stage of infection that occurs when your immune system is badly damaged and you become vulnerable to opportunistic infections. When the number of your CD4 cells falls below 200 cells per cubic millimeter of blood (200 cells/mm3), you are considered to have progressed to AIDS” (What is HIV/AIDS?). This paper will address how severely AIDS is affecting several different countries including the United States, New Zealand, and South Korea. In order to truly understand how these countries approach …show more content…
is doing, just like South Korea. In New Zealand they believe that every citizen has a right to be tested and treated for AIDS. “The article presents a case study of a man in New Zealand who was diagnosed with Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive. It mentions that patient should be aware of HIV testing otherwise there would be a breach of New Zealand 's Code of Patient 's ' Rights. The case discusses the aspect of disclosure of the results in HIV diagnostic testing to his wife. It was ascertained that the breach of health rights may result in awarding damages--,” (A Patients ' Rights Approach). The reason why this is different from the U.S. is that it applies to every citizen. In the U.S., everyday citizens are struggling to be to afford testing to find out if they are HIV/AIDS positive or not. Without proper testing, there can be no vaccination or treatment later on. New Zealand is solving that issue by making it a citizen’s right to be tested. That’s incredible. Allowing every citizen a right to testing allows citizens to at least know they have HIV/AIDS and it helps to stop the spreading of the virus. This is successful in that way, and the U.S. could learn a few things from New

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