BIO 106 Module 3 Response Letter - HIV.doc - Running head RESPONSE LETTER 1 Response Letter Name BIO 106 – Basic Anatomy Physiology Arapahoe Community

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Running head: RESPONSE LETTER 1 Response Letter Name BIO 106 – Basic Anatomy & Physiology Arapahoe Community College Professor October 31, 2019
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RESPONSE LETTER 2 Response Letter Dear Elias, I am truly sorry about your recent HIV diagnosis and want to be as supportive as I can during this time in your life. HIV is a complex disease that affects many people around the world, but with the knowledge and medical advancements in society, there is no reason why you are unable to live a full and happy life. In this letter, I’ll try to help you better understand why some people who are infected with HIV remain symptom free for years at a time, the new advances in medicine that may help those who suffer from HIV and delay the onset of AIDS, support services that could be beneficial to you, and the U=U campaign and how it could change the perception of HIV. When a person is infected with HIV, the virus remains in the body for life; however, unlike other viruses, HIV symptoms may not appear right away. In most cases, initial HIV symptoms are present two to four weeks following exposure and can continue for many weeks, but some people remain symptom free for years at a time. Lack of symptoms for years does not indicate that these cases are any less serious, as those unknowingly infected with HIV can still transmit the disease to other people. The symptoms experienced in early HIV generally appear when the cell destruction rate is high, so not experiencing symptoms could mean less CD4 white blood cells are destroyed in the early stages of the disease. After initial exposure to the disease, HIV could transition into a clinically latent infectious or asymptomatic stage, meaning there is a noticeable lack of symptoms. During the asymptomatic phase the infected persons immune system slowly deteriorates with no symptoms.
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