Essay about Hiv / Aids As A Disease

1096 Words Sep 19th, 2015 null Page
HIV/AIDS is a disease that is becoming more prominent each and every day that goes by, yet it is covert amongst society. Although it is feared and talked about amongst all age groups, races, and sexes, many people do not take the proper precautions to prevent being infected by this lifelong disease. Unlike other diseases where symptoms are noticeable almost immediately; someone with HIV/AIDS could be asymptomatic for quite some time, and might not show any signs until at least six months after being infected. This disease isn’t something that should be taken lightly once one becomes sexually active due to the fact that there is no known cure; it is something that has to be kept under control for the rest of a person’s life.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, “HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Unlike some other viruses, the human body cannot get rid of HIV. That means that once you have HIV, you have it for life (HIV/AIDS 2015).” HIV is only the beginning to this awful disease, if one does not take care of themselves and use the proper medications and treatments once it has been confirmed that they are indeed HIV positive, the disease can then turn into full blown AIDS. If HIV is left untreated a person’s immune system becomes compromised and very weak to the point where it can no longer fight any type of illnesses or cancers; it has now transitioned to AIDS, which is…

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