HIV/AIDS

by Kyle Mitchell

Definition

One of them most serious and dangerous diseases in human history. It is a virus. It destroys CD4 defense cells, this causes worse diseases then what you could usually get when you have them.

HIV- Human immunodeficiency virus

AIDS- Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

Transmission

  • Unprotected oral, anal, or vaginal sexual intercourse
  • Sharing needles

Symptoms

  • CD4 cells help let the immune system function and fight off infection. HIV affects CD4 cells from not doing their job.
  • Rapid weight loss
  • swollen lymph glands
  • chronic diarrhea
  • heavy sweating at night

Treatment

Drugs and antiviral drugs boost the immune system so they can resist infection, stay healthy, and prolong their lives, these medications are not a cure.

Problems

  • If a woman is pregnant, her baby could get it before birth.
  • Girls may experience severe vaginal yeast infections that don respond to usual infection.

Prevention

  • Abstaining from sex
  • Never sharing needles
  • Always using latex condoms for all types of sexual intercourse
  • Avoiding contact with the bodily fluids through which HIV is transmitted.
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