HIV/AIDS And Climate Change Analysis

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Imagine living with a disease that has no cure. Imagine going to sleep every night knowing that there is one less day to live. Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is also known as HIV. HIV is the sixth most deadliest virus in the world. IN 2013, about 1.5 million people in the world died because of this disease. HIV is the family of Group 6 retroviridae (RNA reverse transcribing), the genus is lentivirus, and there are two specific species HIV-1, and HIV-2. HIV is a disease that slowly starts to weaken one’s immune system. After decades of contracting the disease one’s body will be too weak to even defend itself from a light cold. HIV affects T-helper cells (CD4 cells) which are lymphocytes and they are very important in the immune system and the …show more content…
These issues impact everyone in the world. HIV/AIDS and climate change may not be directly linked by the means of how it is transmitted but it does have a link based on how it impacts patients. Climate change does not have control over the transmission of HIV/AIDS because it is a disease that is spread through certain body fluids like blood and semen. Climate change does however impact those with the virus. Climate change could be associated with HIV/AIDS based on the way HIV/AIDS is managed/taken care of and the way people with the virus are taken care of. Getting the right and healthy nutrition is an important role for someone with the disease. Plant growth is impacted by climate change because certain times there are droughts and floods that result in no crops growing. In certain hot places like Africa, patients will be more impacted by this, because they will be malnourished. Since HIV/AIDS destroys your immune system, without having enough nutrition one’s body will be greatly impacted. It will result in even major health problems. It is estimated that there are 1.6 million people living with HIV in Kenya alone and 89,000 new people get infections every year (KAIS, 2012). Populations with high rates of HIV are the most vulnerable to the virus becoming worse of lasting longer due to climate change. In hotter countries more droughts occur, which means that there will be less agriculture. With low food, people with HIV/AIDS would worsen, because a healthy nutrition is important in order for your immune system to function. A proper diet is what the patients need, and because of climate change patients will not receive that. It will eventually make the people infected sicker. (Kaithuru, "Climate Change and

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