Health Promotions Essay

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Health Promotion and Lifestyle Modifications Mid Term Renell Hannah Dr. V. Greenberg US University November 23, 2013 Introduction In 1985 AIDS was viewed as an immediate death sentence, and a horrific one at that, to the infected person. Although there is still no cure for AIDS, education and other aggressive actions are stemming the spread of the disease. On an individual basis, the length and quality of life of people living with the AIDS virus is dramatically increasing. Acquired Immune-Deficiency Syndrome, popularly known by its abbreviation AIDS is a fatal disease as it attacks and destroys the immune system of the body. It is caused by a virus called Human Immuno Deficiency Virus or HIV in short. This virus is even invisible to a microscope and can remain in the body for years without showing any visible symptoms. AIDS is the last stage of infection of the virus. It takes at least 10 years of period between getting infected with HIV and reaching the stage of developing AIDS. The first ever case of a person with AIDS was detected in America in 1959 which later emerged as a dreadfully widespread disease in the 1980s in countries like France, Belgium, Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe. HIV is a fast spreading disease in the world. HIV from an infected person can pass to a normal person through blood contact generally during unprotected sex with infected persons and sharing needles or syringes contaminated with small quantities of blood from HIV positive person. HIV can also pass from infected mothers to their babies during pregnancy, delivery or breast feeding. HIV does not spread through tears, sweat, urine, faces or saliva during Normal kissing. It does not spread by sharing utensils, towels, clothing, and toilet seats or insects bite like that of mosquito or bed bugs. Main Body The virus and course of infection The main cellular target of HIV is

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