Hiv / Aids : A Global Epidemic Essay

1455 Words Nov 29th, 2016 6 Pages
For the better part of the last three decades, HIV/AIDS has been a global epidemic that has robbed many people of their loved ones. Whether directly or indirectly, the pandemic has touched each of our lives and it has become increasingly urgent that new ways are developed to combat and eventually eradicate the disease.
HIV/AIDS is made up of two acronyms. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. As the name suggests, it is a virus which attacks blood cells killing the immune system and rendering the body susceptible to infections. Unlike most viruses, the body is unable to get rid of the HIV virus and once acquired the host patient cannot get rid of it for life. AIDS, on the other hand, stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome and is the effect of the weak immune system brought about by HIV. Once a person is infected with the virus, common diseases which would have otherwise been fend off by a healthy immune system take the opportunity to attack and if not managed properly can be catastrophic. Although HIV/AIDS may have been detected as early as the 1920s, actual infections were not documented until the late 1970s. Over the years there have been a number of conspiracy theories in relation to how the disease came into existence. For instance, studies conducted in North America show that there is still widespread myths about the pandemic more so among the African American and Latino population. Data collected during recent surveys indicates that over a quarter of…

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