The Human Immunodeficiency Virus And Hiv Essay

1559 Words Nov 20th, 2015 7 Pages
The human immunodeficiency virus or HIV is a virus that unlike many other viruses the body can not fight it off, once contaminated with the virus the person must live with the human immunodeficiency virus for the rest of their life. What HIV does is it kills off CD4 Cells or T Cells which are white blood cells that the immune system develops in order to helps the body fight off diseases, infections and other viruses. If the HIV virus is not treated, with time the virus kills so many T Cells that the body is unable to fight off other diseases, virus and infections that attack the body. This virus is spread when a person who 's not in contact the virus shares body fluids with a person who has been infected with the virus. An example of body fluids being exchange is when semen or vaginal fluids are exchange during unprotected sex which is the is the most common way to get infected with HIV. Another example, which is also common is when, during the use of drug people who are infected exchange or share the needles used to inject the drug. When the needle is injected in the body it becomes contaminated with the infected blood and when the needle is shared it is then transmitted. A less common, yet possible way person or child can be infected by the human immunodeficiency virus is being born to an infected mother. During the pregnancy, or when giving birth or when breastfeeding are ways a mother can be passed to child HIV. Symptoms of the human immunodeficiency virus, appear…

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