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Unformatted text preview: A Look at HIV and AIDS University of Phoenix Axia College HCA/240 A Look at HIV and AIDS The first known report of Aids in the United States was in 1981, and now AIDS has infected over thirty million people throughout the entire world. Africa is the most affected country in the world with more than 20% of the population being infected with H IV or AIDS. This disease is growing among minorities and is the largest in Africa-American males, with a rate of 6% rate of an African-American male having the disease, and it is also higher with Hispanics more than Caucasians. Aids is now known as one of the leading causes of death in women. I t is the fourth leading cause of death among women today. I t is also the leading causes of death in males that are between the ages of 25-44 years old. H IV and AIDS does not discriminate, it can and will infect anyone. H IV and AIDS are not the same thing, they are linked together but they are very much different on how they hurt our bodies. Based on the information from the Center for Disease Control, H IV is the virus that may cause AIDS. H IV is actually a subset of viruses named retroviruses also known as a slow virus. The reason for this is because it is a progressive disease; it starts as one thing and then progresses to another. They way that the HIV virus is entered into the body is by mucous membranes or by blood to blood contact. The most common way is my sexual intercourse. When two people have intercourse and they are not using any type of protection like a condom, their bodily fluid will come on contact with each other and this is how the virus in contracted. Another example would be if someone was to share a needle with another person and there was blood on the needle, they blood would enter the other person and now they may have the virus. If a pregnant mother has the virus it is very likely that she can transmit the virus virus....
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