Help spread the word of how HIV/AIDS affects the people
What is it?
HIV is a human immunodeficiency virus and once you have it you have AIDS(acquired immune deficiency syndrome). The virus attacks the immune system and you cant get rid of it. As the immune system weakens,the body is vulnerable to life threatening infections and cancers.
How does the virus spread?
The virus can only be transmitted person-to-person.
-through sexual contact
-from mother to child
HIV/AIDS in Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa is the most heavily affected area in the region. 72% of all people infected with HIV live in Sub Saharan Africa. During 2011 an estimated 1.2 million adults and children have died as a result of AIDS related illnesses. More than 50 million Africans have died and since the epidemic began 14.8 million children have lost one or both of their parents.
What we can do to help
Increased funding for HIV/AIDS,more money would help improve prevention campaigns and the provision of treatment for those who are HIV positive. AIDS education needs to be increased to help the ignorance that causes people to discriminate,people are afraid of being discriminated, therefor they don't get tested. Both the community and the nation can hep with this problem.
The symptoms of HIV
The symptoms will vary depending on the person and what stage of the disease your in. Within 2-4 weeks of having the disease most,but not all will have flu like symptoms often described as the "worst flu ever". Symptoms can include fever,swollen glands,sore throat,rash,fatigue,muscle and joint pains or aches, and a headache.the symptoms can last from a few days to a few weeks. However if you have these symptoms don't assume that it's HIV or AIDS, it can be a result of a different illness. The best way to know for sure is just to get tested.