Human immunodeficiency virus

What is HIV?

HIV is a sexually transmitted disease, a virus that destroys the immune system of the human body.
It destroys white blood cells (helper T-cells) and because of this you get sick very easily and you have no way to fight off any viruses that enter your body.

How does this disease spread?

HIV spreads by coming in contact with infected bodily fluid such as semen, vaginal fluid, or blood. Most people get this disease from sexual intercourse because they are not using protection.
You can also contract this disease by using an infected needle or a blood transfusion in a hospital

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Who are the most common victims?

Anyone can get HIV, weather you are 2 years old or 80 years old, male or female
You can also get HIV if your mother has it and passes it on to you while she is pregnant.

Where is HIV most likely to be found?

95 percent of HIV infections are in the world’s poorest countries but the virus can be found anywhere in the world
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What is the lasting affect of HIV?

Eventually you will get AIDS from the HIV virus, even if you are treated, then you will die from the AIDS or from a secondary infection

How would you rate this disease from dangerous to not dangerous?

I would rate this a very dangerous disease, at a 10 because there is no way you can survive when you have this disease, you might not die from it but it will cause you to get AIDS or something as simple as the flu and you will die

What are treatments for HIV?

The medicines used to treat HIV are called antiretroviral drug, there are several different types/classes of drugs which act differently to disrupt different stages of the HIV life cycle.
some of the antiretovial drugs are on this cite

Fun facts

1 in 4 new HIV infections occur in people between the ages of 13 and 20, in North America.
AIDS/HIV infection takes 8,200 lives per day.
More than 75% of the world’s infected people do not know that they have HIV or AIDS.
Every minute 11 persons are infected with HIV globally.
AIDS is the fourth leading cause of death globally.
Women are 8 times more likely than men to contract HIV from one act of intercourse.