Essay on The Human Immunodeficiency Virus ( Hiv )

1770 Words Oct 10th, 2016 8 Pages
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is an incurable disease that attacks part of the immune system, specifically white blood cells. The virus allows for opportunistic diseases to come into the person’s body, causing illness or even death. When HIV was originally discovered, it was considered a death sentence. However, there have been many advancements in the treatment of HIV since then and it can now be managed. In order to properly manage the disease, people with HIV need prospective memory. Prospective memory is the ability for a person to remember what tasks need to be completed in the future, including taking medications on time and going to doctor appointments. The two main types of cues for prospective memory are time-based cues that remind people to complete a task at a specific time or event-based cues which remind the person to do a task after a specific event occurs. For this paper, previous research on the effects of HIV on prospective memory and how that affects the lives of People with HIV will be reviewed. Then, future research will be proposed on how to help People with HIV with prospective memory deficiencies manage their illness, including a detailed list of the participants for the proposed study.
Literature Review Carey, Woods, Rippeth, Heaton, and Grant (2006) conducted a study to determine if there is a prospective memory deficiency in people with HIV. It was hypothesized that, compared to people without HIV, people with HIV would have lower…

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