HIV/AIDS

By: Amruta D. and Daniela S.

History

How it started- explorers in Africa found a dead monkey and when they touched the animal's blood, the disease got transmitted. The first people to get HIV and AIDs were not affected severely but over time the diseases evolved and became deadly.

What is it?

HIV- is a virus that's occurs only to humans and the symptoms may seem like just a common cold. The problem with HIV is that human immune system can't get rid of it or fight it. HIV attacks a important parts of your immune system and kills t-cells or white blood cells. It can destroy enough cells that your body can't fight infections and diseases anymore. HIV infection can lead to AIDS and any sort of sickness can potentially kill you.


AIDS- once you get HIV you will most likely get AIDS as well. AIDS are the last stage of HIV. AIDS can be caused by having opportunistic infections, cancer, or a very low number of CD4 cells. If you have AIDS, you will need medical treatment to prevent death but no real cure.


How they transmitted- Sexual Contact, pregnancy, childbirth, breast feeding, and drug use