The Importance Of HIV And AIDS

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The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has devastated the lives of millions. While left untreated, HIV can develop into acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). There is no definitive answer as to where the virus has originated. The public is unsettled by this, as unlike many other diseases, HIV does not leave the body. There are several strains of the virus, categorizing HIV into 3 distinct groups. As there are different strains, there are also many theories as to where AIDS has originated, such as the CIA creating the virus to target specific populations or that it was created in a lab by accident. With the many theories circulating, one remains constant. The idea that HIV has developed from a similar virus found in chimpanzees is the …show more content…
According to AIDS.gov, HIV affects the T cells of the immune system. Eventually, “if left untreated, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can’t fight off infections and disease” (AIDS.gov). Although there is no safe and effective cure for the disease, there are treatments in which HIV can be controlled. With medicines and antiretroviral therapy (ART) available today, a person diagnosed early can begin the regimen and live a “nearly normal life span” (AIDS.gov). The virus is transmitted through bodily fluids that come in contact with damaged tissue or can be directly injected into the bloodstream. This can be done by having unprotected sex, sharing contaminated needles, or even between a mother and a child during childbirth or breastfeeding. As the virus is easily transmitted however incurable, it is obvious that the public demand answers as to where the virus came …show more content…
Many say that the government purposely made the virus with the intent to target specific people, such as homosexuals or African Americans. There are also those who believe that HIV was created in military labs and that secret organizations are trying to control the population in Africa (where HIV is the most prevalent). While most of these theories sound like the plots of science fiction movies, the lack of evidence and science to back up these theories does make them more fiction than

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