HIV/AIDS

In Sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa

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What is HIV/AIDS?

Definition

HIV: a virus spread through body fluids that affects specific cells of the immune system, called CD4 cells, or T cells. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can't fight off infections and disease.


AIDS: a disease in which there is a severe loss of the body's cellular immunity, greatly lowering the resistance to infection and malignancy

Facts

  1. About 90 percent of the people that have HIV in the world are in Africa
  2. Genetic research shows that HIV originated in West-Central Africa
  3. Since its discovery AIDS has caused about 36 million deaths worldwide
  4. It cannot be transmitted by casual, non-sexual contact
  5. many of the medications for HIV or AIDS comes with many side effects