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Hiv/Aids Research Paper

  • Submitted by: jmadsters
  • on September 10, 2011
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 1,210 words

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HIV AIDS is a virus that affects the imune system. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This virus has no symptoms and can go undetected for up to eight years.   As this diease progresses it kills more white blood cells also known as CD4 helper lymphocytes, the dieases developes into AIDS or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. A normal person should have about 1,000 white blood cells in their body, some have less and some have a bit more.   HIV is transmitted through bodily fluids such as blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk (Teens Health). The virus is transmitted from inside one persons’ body to inside another persons body, for example if two people have sex and one of them is HIV positive, only one tiny ounce of fluid passed on can cause the other person to become HIV positive. If thay were to happen to someone and the women got pregnant, then that baby will be born with HIV. The virus can also be transferrd by two people sharing needles, due to the fact that blood is transferred between two people. If the virus is exposed to oxygen, it will die and the virus is unable to spread (Teens Health).
HIV AIDS attacks the immune system which causes many other side effects.   The immune system is damaged with this diease and is unable fight off other viruses therefore people with HIV are at risk to be infected with other illnesses. As the disease progresses the white blood cells count goes down and HIV becomes AIDS.
In the 1980’s which is when HIV AIDS started, during this time doctors really only had one drug to help treat AIDS. This drug is called AZT otherwise known as Zidovudine or azidothymidine. This durg reverses the transcripts of HIV, AZT stops the reproduction of HIV cells, and therefore the virus can not spread throughout the entire body. This medication can cause liver diease and bone loss, so to some people it is not worth it to take the medication.
A few days ago, in health class, there was a speaker who what HIV positive. He told...

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