Essay On Welcome To The Beautiful World Of Aids

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Welcome to the Beautiful World of Aids
In 2013, 26,688 people were diagnosed with AIDS. What is AIDS? And when did it start? If you have never heard of AIDS, please stick around and read this. You may think AIDS is a simple 4 letter word but it stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. But then again anything about this syndrome is not simple at all: treatment, medication, lifestyle, and history. So welcome to the beautiful world of aids.
What is Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and when did is start? Acquired means you can get infected with it; Immune Deficiency is when your body’s system that fights diseases is weak. Syndrome is a sort of health problems that defines a disease. Back in the 1980s AIDS had a different name,
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“ You can’t catch AIDS because it’s not that easy. To get AIDS you have to have the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). HIV can only infect humans; it weakens your immune system which destroys important cells that help you fight infections and disease. “A virus can only reproduce itself by taking over a cell in the body of its host (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services , 2014) .” AIDS is the final stage of HIV. Anyone who has HIV does not always get AIDS. HIV has to destroy many of your cells in order to become AIDS but with proper medication you can help reduce it (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services , 2014). To become HIV positive you have to be in direct contact with an infected person’s: blood, including menstrual blood, semen/cum/pre-cum/ejaculate, vaginal secretions, and breast milk. The most active risk activities to get infected with HIV are: sexual intercourse (vaginal and anal) which is high-risk followed by sharing needles. The other two risk factors are oral sex and mother to child, which means an infected mother can pass it down by breast feeding or in a rare case by giving birth. But with an HIV positive mother she is giving medication to prevent it spreading to her child (Foundation, 2014). The only bodily fluids that are NOT infectious are: saliva, tears, sweat, feces, and urine. BE SAFE AND GET …show more content…
They have not found a cure but they do have treatment for it. These drugs are taken every day of the person’s life. They help reduce the virus to keep your immune system as healthy as possible. Like every other medications they comes with side effects. Here are a list of drugs and their side effects: “Abacavir- nausea, vomiting, and bloating; Lamivudine- coughing, diarrhea, dizziness, heachache, loss of appetite, mild stomach cramps, or trouble sleeping; Zodovudine- diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, insomnia, weakness, bone marrow suppression, anemia, and neutropenia which is low number of white blood cells; Tenofovir- weakness and a lack of energy, headaches, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and intestinal gas; Stavudine- peripheral neuropathy which includes a sharp burning pain sensation in the hands or legs (California, 2002-2015)”. Ask your doctor for a treatment plan that works for you because you have many options and death is not one of

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