General Info Aids and HIV are STD’s (Sexually Transmitted Disease’s) HIV is transmitted through direct contact of mucose membrane or the bloodstream with a bodily fluid containing HIV, such as blood, semen, vaginal fluid, preseminal fluid, and breast milk. Aids will eventually destroy your immune system and or may leave deadly tumors. One in ten infections in the world were acquired through sharing drug injecting equipment with someone with Aids. About 16,800 men and women were infected with HIV through transfusions of blood which contained the virus.
Statistics People living with HIV/AIDS in 2007 33.0 million Adults living with HIV/AIDS in 2007 30.8 million Women living with HIV/AIDS in 2007 15.5 million Children living with HIV/AIDS in 2007 2.0 million HIV/AIDS are mostly centered in Africa Africa has 11.6 million AIDS orphans.
Symptoms When first infected with HIV, you may have no signs or symptoms at all, although it's more common to develop a short flu-like illness two to four weeks after becoming infected. Headache, Sore throat, Swollen lymph glands, and Rash are symptoms. You may remain symptom-free for eight or nine years or more. But as the virus continues to multiply and destroy immune cells, you may develop mild infections or chronic symptoms Swollen lymph nodes — often one of the first signs of HIV infection, Diarrhea, Weight loss, Fever, and Cough and shortness of breath are later symptoms
Treatments The treatment consists of drugs that have to be taken every day for the rest of a person’s life. The aim of antiretroviral treatment is to keep the amount of HIV in the body at a low level. This stops any weakening of the immune system and allows it to recover from any damage. They are referred to as: antiretrovirals, anti-HIV or anti-AIDS drugs, HIV antiviral drugs, and ARV’s
Discovery The earliest known case of HIV in a human was from a blood sample collected in 1959 from a man in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. We know that the virus has existed in the United States since at least the mid- to late 1970s.
Point of Interest What interests me the most is that HIV can be transmitted in various ways. Its amazing how careful we have to be when we have sexual intercourse, or any kids of interaction with any human.