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Unformatted text preview: HCA 240 HIV/AIDS: An Overview Axia College of University of Phoenix . HIV and AIDS a virus that was first detected in the early 1980’s, is a virus that has triggered a lot of fear and denial among people and it is considered a worldwide epidemic. HIV and Aids has affected more than 30,000,000 people worldwide in the year 2003 and the virus doesn’t discriminate. (Immunity, Inflammation, and Immune Disorders, Week Two reading, aXcess, HCA240- Health & Diseases: Understanding Pathos of Pathology course web site, 2007). Knowing that you have the HIV virus does not always mean the you have AIDS or you will get it. However, it does mean that one is at a higher risk of contracting the on-set of this disease. According to iVillage Inc. (2000-2008), “[An] acute HIV infection can, but does not always, progress to early symptomatic HIV infection and to advanced HIV disease ( AIDS )” (¶7). HIV, also known as the human immunodeficiency virus is a disease that once inside the body affects the human immune system by attacking the immune systems white blood cells and multiplying. In one with HIV, this virus damages the T 4 or T-helper cells, the cells that help the body fight off diseases. Once the virus seeks out and infects the body’s T-cells, it causes the cells to reproduce even more copies of the virus that, in turn, infect other healthy cells of the body, causing the immune system to cripple (Immunity, Inflammation, and Immune Disorders, Week Two reading, aXcess, HCA240- Health & Diseases: Understanding Pathos of Pathology course web site, 2007). AIDS, also known as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome also affects the immune system but however, it only occurs after someone has already contracted the virus HIV and one’s immune system has been depleted by the reaction of this virus. A healthy individual one’s immune system has been depleted by the reaction of this virus....
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This note was uploaded on 02/03/2012 for the course HRA week taught by Professor Mr.jones during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.
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