AIDS_LAB_PROJECT[1]

AIDS_LAB_PROJECT[1] - Saher Mahmood Argeny Jimenez Amanda...

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Saher Mahmood, Argeny Jimenez, Amanda Reyes, Robin Villa AIDS is the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Why is it called the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome? Acquire means you can get infected with it, Immune Deficiency means a weakness in the body's system that fights diseases and last but not least Syndrome means a group of health problems that make up a disease. AIDS is caused by a virus called HIV (the Human Immunodeficiency Virus). If you get infected with HIV, your body will attempt to fight the infection. It will make "antibodies," special molecules to fight HIV. A blood test for HIV looks for these antibodies. If you have them in your blood, it means that you have HIV infection. People that have the HIV antibodies are called HIV-Positive. Being HIV-positive, or having HIV disease, is not the same as having AIDS. Many people are HIV-positive but do not get sick for many years. As HIV disease continues, it slowly wears down the immune system. Viruses, parasites, fungi and bacteria that usually do not cause any problems can make you very sick if your immune system is damaged. These are called "opportunistic infections being HIV-positive, or having HIV disease, is not the same as having AIDS. Many people are HIV-positive but don't get sick for many years. As HIV disease continues, it slowly wears down the immune system. Viruses, parasites, fungi and bacteria that usually don't cause any problems can make you very sick if your immune system is damaged. These are called "opportunistic infections. HIV can generally be broken down into four different stages, primary infection, clinically asymptomatic, symptomatic HIC infection and progression from HIV to AIDS stage. The first stage usually last a few weeks and repeatedly accompanied by a short flu-
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2010 for the course ANTHRO 210 taught by Professor Mdes during the Spring '10 term at CUNY John Jay.

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