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Running head: HIV/AIDS OVERVIEW 1 HIV/AIDS Overview Kasandra Hunter HCA 240 01/14/2010
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HIV/AIDS OVERVIEW 2 HIV/AIDS Overview What is the difference between HIV and AIDS? The H in HIV stands for Human because this virus is only able to affect humans. The I stands for Immuno-deficiency because the body’s immune system cannot function properly due to the virus causing a deficiency. The V stands for virus this is because the organism that attacks a person’s body is a virus. HIV is a virus in which causes the body to no longer function properly. A in AIDS stands for acquired this is because a person must acquire the virus it is not something that can be passed down through DNA. The I stands for immune because it attacks the body’s immune system and once this happens the body is no longer able to fight of the virus. The D stands for deficiency this is because the body cannot function properly. The S stands for syndrome this is because AIDS can cause many different types of diseases and leaves a person susceptible to various infections. AIDS is an acquired immune deffianciy syndrome in which the body is no longer able to fight off the virus from HIV and a person becomes ill with diseases and infections. (AIDS.org, 2010) (Hunter, K 2010) Unpublished Paper, Aids / HIV Overview HCA 240, HEALTH & DISEASES: UNDERSTANDING PATHOS OF PATHOLOGY , University of Phoenix, Phoenix,Az What type of changes can a person aspect to see once their condition progresses from HIV to AIDS ? HIV in most cases will be dormont for about 10 years before progressing into AIDS. Other paitents may progress in about 5 years. These paitents are known as rapid progressors. There is a very small percent that may not progress into AIDS for 15 years or longer. (Life Extension, 1995-2010) There are 3 stages. In stage 1 a person a person does not have AIDS-defining disease or any diseases that can be associated with it. In stage 2 a person
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HIV/AIDS OVERVIEW 3 still has no signs of no AIDS-defining disease but their CD4 cells level will dramatically fall. In
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