HIV - HIV/Aids Overview-HCA/240 HEALTH DISEASES Week 2...

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HIV/Aids Overview ----HCA/240: HEALTH & DISEASES Week 2 Assignment due 12/19/2010 The difference between HIV & AIDS is that to have AIDS you had to of had HIV, it is almost HIV is human immunodeficiency which is a virus, a retrovirus; a person can have HIV and never have AIDS. HIV is the causative agent of AIDS, without HIV a person cannot get Aids. To further explain HIV, it is a virus that infects the T-cells (the helper cells), it infects them and multiplies eventually killing the t-cells, eventually spreading to other cells. Which in turn ends up severely disabling the immune systems ability to fight off any infections, even the ones that would not be anything to someone with a healthy immune system now become a serious threat to someone with HIV. There are various different ways that HIV can be transmitted; the most commonly thought of one is by the sharing of needles between drug users. There are more ways than that to spread this virus. The virus can be spread by any bodily fluids; blood, vaginal secretions, semen. What that means is, if you are having unprotected sex whether it is oral, anal or vaginal or even going down on your partner then your chances of contracting this virus is greatly increased. A mother can spread it to her newborn to by her breast milk. Out of the ways that I found that it can be or rather is more commonly spread is by unprotected sex and not needles. Needles sharing are the second most common way to spread it, and then it is by blood transfusion of contaminated blood, then by mother to child. From the onset of HIV to AIDS, can spread anywhere from 2 to 8 years, it all depends on the individual before it is no longer just HIV and now the patient has full blown AIDS. The reason this happens is because the HIV virus itself first goes to work killing/crippling the immune system at some point the person can no longer recover from it and even a small common cold now becomes deadly for the person and that is when the HIV is no longer just HIV, and the patient is now in full blown AIDS.
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