HIV/AIDS Research Paper

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The topic that I have chosen to talk about for my final project is the rise in HIV/AIDS within the black community. In this paper I will be talking about what HIV/AIDS is, the statistics and what we can do as a community to stop the current rise and cases of HIV and AIDS. The first thing about HIV and AIDS that we should understand is that NO, you cannot get the virus from any of the following: Kissing (there is a small chance of getting HIV from open-mouthed or "French" kissing if there 's contact with blood), touching, hugging, or handshakes, sharing food or drinks, sharing food utensils, towels and bedding, telephones, or toilet seats, donating blood, working with or being around someone with HIV, getting bit by a mosquito, swimming pools …show more content…
It can be spread through certain body fluids from an HIV positive person. Those ways are: Blood, semen (cum), pre-cum, rectal fluids vaginal fluid (both ways are from unprotected sex), breast milk or from mother that is HIV positive to child during child birth. Needle sharing is also a way of transferring the virus, giving oral please to someone who is HIV positive while having an open cut can transmit the virus too. According to an article by AIDS.gov, the most common ways to get the virus are as followed: Anal or vaginal sex, with vaginal being the second greatest risk, needle sharing,( HIV can live up to 42 days depending on the temperature and other factors). The least common methods of transmission are from mother to child during pregnancy, birth or breast feeding or being stuck with a dirty needle that may be …show more content…
ART, the treatment for HIV, can help reduce the chances of spreading it to someone else. Stage 2 is called the clinical latency or dormancy stage. In this period, a person may be infected but the levels of HIV may be so low that it may not be detected in bloodwork. Charlie Sheen was said to have low HIV levels as well as Magic Johnson. The 3rd stage is AIDS, the most severe HIV infection. People usually survive about 3 years if AIDS is left untreated. Common symptoms are weight loss, swollen lymph glands, sweats, fever and/or chills. You are diagnosed with AIDS if your CD4 counts is less than 200 cell/mm. Even with these symptoms, it may not necessarily mean you have contracted the virus. It may be caused by other colds. The best way to truly tell will be to get tested and know your status as well as your partners. Unfortunately, there is no cure for HIV/AIDS, but with proper care it can be

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