Essay about Hiv / Aids And Aids

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"If you knew I was HIV positive would you still treat me as an equal, would you still be my friend, would you still touch me, would you still love me?”

These are some of the thoughts that go through the minds of the millions of people worldwide who are currently living with HIV/AIDS. Despite the mass impact of the disease, many still remain ignorant to its definition, history, and effects, leading to the negative associations of those affected. I’m here to give you a brief enlightenment of HIV/AIDS in an effort to to lessen the misconceptions and stigma of HIV/ AIDS. First, we need to understand the basics.

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It’s a virus that attacks and takes over the T-cells (white blood cells) in the body which are responsible for fighting off diseases and infections. As the virus invades and multiplies, it can destroy so many T-cells that the body loses its capability to fight diseases. When this happens, HIV progresses to AIDS.

AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. AIDS is the final stage of HIV and going without treatment will lead to death. This is why knowing your status is so important. HIV is treatable and manageable, but you can’t treat what you don’t know.

Now that we have a knowledgeable foundation let’s delve into an abbreviated history of HIV/AIDS.

AIDS was first discovered in 1981. It began with several reports of young, homosexual men with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) and Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) which was…

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