Hiv/Aids Essay

521 WordsNov 10, 20143 Pages
Does anyone want a virus that is incurable? HIV stands for Human Immuno-deficiency Virus. The virus affects anyone regardless of age, size, or sex. HIV is believed to have originated from monkeys that were killed and used for meat (David Perlin, Ph.D., and Ann Cohen). This paper will discuss how HIV/AIDS is transmitted, its effects the body, and the current treatments. First, this discussion will be about how HIV/AIDS is transmitted. HIV/AIDS is transmitted through sexual contact, pregnancy, injection drug use, or blood transfusion. When you have any type of sex, you usually have contact with your partner’s body fluids and if your partner has HIV/AIDS it will enter you through microscopic breaks in your private parts. During pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding, babies have constant contact with their mother’s body fluids which can cause them to acquire HIV/AIDS. Drug addicts who use injection drugs such as heroine can contact HIV/AIDS when they share needles. Blood transfusion is another way HIV/AIDS can be transferred. Fortunately, HIV/AIDS from blood transfusion is very rare thanks to the screening requirements. So basically HIV/AIDS can be transferred when body fluids are exchanged (http://aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/hiv-aids-101/how-you-get-hiv-aids/). Furthermore, HIV/AIDS affects the human body horribly. HIV/AIDS cause skin problems, oral problems, and neurological problems. The skin effects are Varicella Zoster Virus, Herpes Simplex Virus and Kaposi’s sarcoma. Varicella Zoster Virus is a type of virus that causes both chicken pox and shingles. Candidiasis and Periodontal disease are examples of the oral problems caused by HIV. Neurological effects are decrease in the ability to think properly and process information. Tumors in the brain that either begin in the brain or spread to the brain from somewhere in the body. Also, Progressive Multifocal

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