Essay on Hiv And The Immune System

1122 Words Mar 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
HIV and The Immune System By Lachlan Evans

What is HIV?
HIV otherwise know as human immunodeficiency virus, if this virus is left untreated it can cause the disease of aids (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).
HIV is one of the many incurable diseases; this means that once you have HIV, you will have it until you die. At this moment there are no safe and effective cure for HIV. The human immune system cannot destroy it due to HIV affecting specific cells of the immune system, called CD4 cells, or T-cells. Overtime if HIV is left untreated, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can’t fight of infections and disease. The helper T-cells once activated with HIV will try to create more viruses instead of doing there intended job in the immune system.
With proper medical care, HIV can be controlled in the human body. The treatment for the HIV virus is called antiretroviral therapy or ART. “This involves taking a combination of HIV medicines (called an HIV regimen) every day.” The treatment usually involves taking a combination of HIV medicines everyday; HIV medicines are called a HIV regimen. If a person today who is diagnosed with HIV before the disease is in an advanced stage “aids” and who gets and stays on ART can live a nearly healthy and normal life span.
How HIV is contracted / Parts of the world most likely contracted
To contract HIV it is spread from infected individual to another person through direct contact with an infected individuals bodily fluid.…

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