The Dangers Of HIV/AIDS

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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.
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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 considered to be terminal. When it comes to HIV/AIDS one must be extremely precautious. The main ways that it can be contracted are through sexual contact that involves semen, vaginal fluids or blood, direct blood contact (particularly through sharing injection drug needles), infections due to blood transfusions, accidents in health care settings or certain blood products are possible and mother to baby (before or during birth, or through breast milk) (HIV / AIDS transmitted). Doctors, nurses and pretty much anyone who is working in …show more content…
No one can tell who has and does not have HIV/AIDS by just looking at them. If a person uses the proper medications, treatments, and lives a healthy lifestyle, no one would ever imagine that their body hosts this awful disease. Although someone with HIV/AIDS must tell who ever their sexual partner is that they have this disease, some decide to keep it their little secret. Unfortunately this is one of the major causes of this disease being spread. No one wants to feel as if they’re unwanted and less of a human, by them not saying anything they probably think there is no harm being done, but in reality it is just making the situation worse. According to the CIA World Factbook as of 2009 1,200,000 people in the United States alone has HIV/AIDS (The World Factbook). Imagine how much the numbers have gone up by then. With this disease, even if someone does take a test it could give them a false result, if you test too early. That being said, people will continue to have unprotected sex, and the disease will continue spreading, and by the time they find out that they have indeed contracted this disease, it is far too late. In today’s society younger generations are starting to have sexual intercourse at a younger age, which is putting them at a higher risk to contract and spread this disease, and many other sexually transmitted diseases, since they are not properly being educated about these

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