AIDS

By Jofiel Gomez

What is AIDS ?

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a type of pathogen that comes after HIV when infected with it. An advanced form of HIV. The virus will not show any symptoms for a long time after the initial exposure.

How is AIDS transmitted and spread?

AIDS can be transmitted in two ways. One is through sexual contact and the other is through pregnancy. The way it is spread is through having unsafe sex which is by not using a condom, especially with a person who already has it. Women with AIDS have a high chance of passing it to their child especially when breastfeeding as it is past through breast milk.

Who is most common to have AIDS?

AIDS was first seen in the United States in homosexual men. Now, it is seen in everybody and everywhere. Over half of the number of people infected with AIDS are women and most of them are in sub- Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

Injury/Symptoms from AIDS

AIDS can damage any of the body's major organ systems because it destroys immune system cells. It attacks the body through three disease processes: immunodeficiency, autoimmunity, and nervous system dysfunction. Many patients develop low-grade fevers, chronic fatigue, and general weakness. It can also cause food malabsorption, loss of appetite, and increased metabolism that contributes to AIDS wasting syndrome.

Treatment for AIDS?

One treatment for AIDS is antiretroviral therapy (ART). It isn't a cure, but it controls the virus so you can live a longer, healthier life and reduces the risk of transmitting it to others. These medicines prevent AIDS from multiplying which reduces the remount of it in your body.

Interesting Characteristics/Information about AIDS

40 million people around the world are infected with AIDS and 2.1 million are under the age of 15.

AIDS is the world’s leading infectious killer. 25 million people have died from it.

AIDS emerged from Africa and spread across the globe in less than 10 years.

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