Hiv And Aids : The World 's Leading Infectious Killer

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HIV and AIDs

General introduction, introduce topic and why it is important. (Thesis?) The global HIV and AIDs pandemic affects every one of us. not just the affected but those of us that are not afflicted with this terrible disease as well. HIV is currently the world 's leading infectious killer. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Worldwide there are close to 35 million people living with HIV/AIDs, and of that massive number, there are more than one million people in the U.S. living with HIV, and only a fifth of that amount are alert to the fact that they are infected. It is estimated that globally, HIV has killed more than 39 million people since the first cases were reported in 1981. In 2013 alone, approximately 1.5 million people died as a result of AIDS related causes. There is currently no cure for this disease So as you can see HIV/AIDS is not the problem of a few people, it is everyone 's problem. AIDS is a collection of symptoms and infections derived from the collapse of the immune system, produced by the infection of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The two species of HIV infecting humans (HIV-1 and HIV-2) originated in an African chimpanzee subspecies and an Old World monkey of Guinea Bissau, Gabon, and Cameroon, respectively. Originally thought to have been transferred through sexual intercourse with those primates, epidemiologists theorize the disease actually spread when hunters came into blood contact with primates infected with SIV,

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