LaTonia Williamson AIDS paper

LaTonia Williamson AIDS paper - A IDS: Is there a cure?...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–5. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
AIDS: Is there a cure? LaTonia Williamson 6/12/2011
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
[Type the abstract of the document here. The abstract is typically a short summary of the contents of the document. Type the abstract of the document here. The abstract is typically a short summary of the contents of the document.]
Background image of page 2
The HIV and AIDS virus has been a growing epidemic since the 1980s. Millions of people have been affected by the disease and millions have died from the disease. Many people have wondered if there is a cure for this deadly, rapidly growing disease. There have been different rumors of cures in Africa, of there being an expensive, secret cure, and there being a cure available only to certain individuals. I will use various resources to research HIV and AIDS background information, treatments for the disease, and the theories for possible cures. HIV is the abbreviated name for the human immunodeficiency virus. HIV can cause acquired immune deficiency syndrome, also known as AIDS. The HIV and AIDS virus are not the same. HIV destroys the body’s immune system which makes it hard for the body to fight off disease. HIV turns into AIDS when the body’s immune system is severely damaged and is close to shutting down. HIV itself does not kill people; it is the AIDS virus that kills people because the body is no longer able to fight off disease. There are two forms of the HIV virus; HIV 1 and HIV 2. There are two differences between both types of the HIV virus. Though both diseases attack the body’s immune system, HIV 2 affects the immune system slowly but you can get affected with the AIDS virus faster. The second difference is that HIV 2 is most common in Africa, where the disease came from. HIV 1 is more common in the United States. There has only been one case of HIV 2 found in the United States. As stated before HIV came from Africa in the early in1980’s. The virus came from a chimpanzee, which had another form of immunodeficiency virus. When the virus was transmitted to humans it advanced to human immunodeficiency virus, also known as HIV. The HIV and AIDS viruses are most commonly recognized as STDS, the abbreviation for sexually transmitted diseases. The disease can also be transmitted through HIV infected needles and blood transfusions.
Background image of page 3

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
When the HIV virus started infected people in the early 1980’s there were not a lot of medicines around to help fight the complications of the disease. Due to lack of medicine, people infected with the disease rarely lived longer than a few years. Now people infected with the HIV live longer and go years without even getting the AIDS virus because of more effective medicines. Medicines today may fall into one of three categories; reverse transcriptase inhibitors, protease inhibitors, or fusion inhibitors. Reverse transcriptase inhibitor, also known as RT, helps by keeping the virus from reproducing. RT is most often prescribed in the early stages of HIV, but is useful all throughout the term of having the virus, helping to prevent the AIDS virus. Protease inhibitors interfere with a protein produce by the HIV virus, helping to prevent viral
Background image of page 4
Image of page 5
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 07/31/2011 for the course ACCT 401 taught by Professor Bennett during the Spring '08 term at Strayer.

Page1 / 9

LaTonia Williamson AIDS paper - A IDS: Is there a cure?...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 5. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online