Essay about Hiv And Aids : Aids

1370 Words Apr 9th, 2015 6 Pages
HIV and Aids are known diseases, yet few people actually understand what they are. It is important to know the facts about HIV and Aids, so that one can understand how treatment works. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is similar to many other viruses, like the virus that causes the “flu.” However, the body can fight against the virus that causes the “flu” but can’t fight against HIV. This is because HIV weakens the immune system by destroying T-cells or CD4 cells, which are important in fighting against disease and infections. Since there is no cure for HIV, once an individual contracts the disease, it will remain in them forever. Although there is no cure for HIV, it can be controlled and regulated. If unable to control the virus, it can progress into AIDS. AIDS, which is the last stage of HIV, stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (www.aids.gov). Testing positive for HIV can often be scary and overwhelming. Many individuals worry about how it will affect their lives, this is a normal reaction. Once a person tests positive for HIV, it is important to seek medical attention. HIV positive patients work closely with their health care provider regarding important decisions. Such decisions include when to start treatment and what kind of medication to take. These important decisions usually begin with a baseline evaluation, which includes a review of the patient’s medical history, a complete physical exam and some lab tests, CD4 count and viral load.…

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