HIV/AIDS and How to Prevent It

By Caleb Hasey and Scott Bassi

What is HIV/AIDS

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Can lead to AIDS(Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) if left untreated. It is a viral STD. There are some treatments for the disease, but it can't be cured.

Video Questions

1.) What cell does HIV attack?

2.) What does HIV stand for? What does AIDS stand for?

3.) What is the last stage of HIV?

4.) How many Americans are affected by HIV?

What it does to the body

HIV attacks the cells in the immune system called CD4 cells. Their job is to fight off infections, and sickness. Unfortunately CD4 isn't strong enough kill HIV, HIV destroys it.

How to prevent it

There are many ways to prevent HIV. Abstinence(Not having sex), Condoms, and getting tested for HIV. If you don't have sex, there are still other ways to get it. Such as dirty needles, and from the mother before, during, or after birth.

Symptoms

Not everyone has symptoms, but between two and four weeks some people start to develop flu-like symptoms. Even though most of the time there are no symptoms, you can still transmit it.

Treatments

HIV is treated using a combination of medicines, called antiretroviral therapy. Unfortunately there are no cure, you can delay the worst effects.