HIV/AIDS Madison Alejos Mr. Holley H.I. Period 3 12 November 2010
What is it?
Definition: HIV is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system, making it unable to fight infection. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines AIDS as the most serious stage of HIV infection that results from the destruction of the infected person’s immune system.
AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus
What are the Symptoms?
A patient that has HIV or AIDS can experience flu-like or mononucleosis-like symptoms. The patient will believe that they have the flu or mono, and never think of something as serious as AIDS. The only way you know you have AIDS is to get tested.
How Do You Get it?
AIDS and HIV can be passed on from person to person through sexual contact. It can also be passed on by blood transfusions and through intravenous drug use.
How Do You Prevent it?
You can prevent AIDS by using safe needles, having safe sex, or by just not having sex at all.
How Do You Treat it?
AIDS treatment and therapy are surgery, chemotherapy , and radiation treatment singly or in combination are utilized.
I don’t know much about HIV and AIDS, but I know that it can be very deadly. HIV and AIDS are STD’s. I also know that HIV and AIDS are not curable. HIV and AIDS can be transmitted by sexual intercourse or by someone’s blood touching somebody else's. My feelings towards this disease are very strong. I hope that one day they eventually do find a cure for it.
Robinson, Richard. "AIDS and HIV." Teen Health and Wellness. Rosen, 2010. Web. 12 Nov. 2010. <http://www.teenhealthandwellness.com/article/34/aids-and-hiv>.