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2009-04-09_035714_hca240.week2.HIVAIDSAnOverview

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DELETE THESE NOTES AFTER READING: This tutorial is to be used as a guide with examples of what your instructor is looking to see in your submission. Be sure work submitted is that of your own efforts to avoid copying the work provided in the tutorial. As this tutorial is likely to be pre-submitted, original work you should not re-submit as your own original work. Look for highlighted areas for needed corrections to dates, etc.* References need alterations to dates of retrieval!!! HIV/AIDS: An Overview Name School
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AIDS continues to be a subject almost taboo for many. Fear and ignorance continue to hinder awareness efforts. By educating all people, young and old, about the realities of HIV and AIDS and dispelling the myths we, as a united front, can move forward in hopes of winning the war against this disease which truly created a global epidemic. In the current day world HIV and AIDS might seem to have disappeared. After the way AIDS exploded its way in to our realities in the 1980’s as time passed we heard less and less about it. The truth is that by the end of 2007 the number of persons living with HIV worldwide was approximately 33.2 million (Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control, 2008). Furthermore, closer to home, an approximate 1 million people in the United States were also living with HIV at year’s end of 2003. If these numbers were not alarming enough and indicative that HIV and AIDS remains a serious epidemic consider the Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control (2008), one of the largest global campaign groups to help the fight against the spread of HIV, report that “As many as 25% of infected persons are unaware of their infection” (para.4). Between the United States and the District of Columbia, from 1981 through 2006, nearly 1 million people received a diagnosis of full blown AIDS and more than 50% of those cases have resulted in death (Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control, 2008). These numbers should be alarming; they should also instill a feeling of urgency to every person inhabiting the planet to gain better understanding of the HIV virus and AIDS. The first thing important to understand is that HIV and AIDS are not the same. HIV is a retrovirus which causes the development of AIDS. By infecting the bodies T 4 helper cells the virus cripples the immune system leaving an infected person’s immune system defenseless against fighting off various infections or tumors. When a person infected with the HIV virus has
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a T 4 count of less than 200 and has received a diagnosis of one of the 23 indicator diseases their status changes from HIV positive to AIDS. With this critically low T
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