HCA 240 week 2 assignment

HCA 240 week 2 assignment - The human immunodeficiency...

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The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the cells of the immune system. Although infections may show no medical signs for years, over time the virus reduces the strength of the immune response and leaves HIV-positive individuals vulnerable to other diseases. HIV itself usually causes very few symptoms if any at all. It can become overwhelming, because it lowers the body's defenses against other diseases. The diseases that take advantage of HIV's effects on the immune system are known as opportunistic infections. HIV first came to public attention in the early 1980s when, on opposite coasts, doctors noticed sudden spikes in the numbers of two rare diseases occurring among gay men. (HIV and Aids, 2010) After about a year of the disease being identified strongly with the gay population, where it was sometimes called "gay-related immunodeficiency" (GRID) or "gay cancer," researchers began to notice that the same syndrome was occurring in other groups of people – such as drug users that share needles, people from third world countries, and hemophiliacs . Sadly to say that belated realization had a high cost. Even today, when the vast majority of HIV infections worldwide are heterosexually transmitted, there are many who still think of it as a "gay disease." You can live with being HIV positive for years if you take care of yourself and stay informed, although it is not a gay disease at all. I have had 2 uncles that were HIV positive, one became HIV positive from using drugs and never had full blown AIDS before he passed and my other uncle was gay and became HIV positive in 1984, and lived with it for over 20 years before he had full blown AIDS, and he passed away 2006,
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and I feel that everyone should see at least one person should see a person that dies of AIDS because it is something that you will never forget. My uncle that was gay, we were very close and only 6 years apart in age and when he passed away he was 46 years old and he looked like an 80 year old man. HIV is transmitted through bodily secretions. It is not transmitted by casual contact. HIV transmission between adults can include sex (oral, vaginal, anal) with an infected partner and sharing needles or syringes with an infected partner. HIV can also
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