Aids And Hiv : Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome And Human Immunodeficiency Virus
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome and human immunodeficiency virus, otherwise known as AIDS and HIV. HIV is the virus that leads AIDS, if left untreated. This paper will discuss the difference between the two, the history, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of both.
The first cases of HIV in the US date back to 1981. Before the disease was known, it was only reported as strange illness that was killing homosexual men. It was originally thought of as a cancer due to the lesions that would cover the entire body of the infected individual. In June of 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first describe the illness and symptoms of the unknown killer disease. Once the CDC released their publication, healthcare providers from around the country began reporting their own similar cases. As more and more cases were reported, so were the numbers of people dying.
It wasn’t until fall of 1992 that the CDC used the term acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) to describe the mystery illness. Following the new information provided by the CDC, the countries very first AIDS clinic opened in San Francisco. Still, Unbeknownst to the CDC and America’s healthcare providers, HIV was still not a known cause or virus that leads to AIDS. Once a person contracted the virus, it was only a matter of months before the individual died. Sadly, the stigma of the disease was that of a leprosy. The fear, if a person was infected with AIDS that a…