Hiv and Aids

Lynette Saragosa
Axia College of University of Phoenix
HCA/ 240- Health & Diseases: Understanding Pathos of Pathology (Axia)
Instructor: Samantha Blakey
July 18, 2010

In the United States today, there are approximately one million people that are living with the HIV infection. This disease is the most deadly disease that has hit the world. There is a percentage of that number who is unaware that they have the infectious disease. This paper will be detailing the causes and effects, the different ways a person can acquire this infection, and the treatments of the HIV disease.
The HIV/ AIDS infection has been an epidemic everywhere in the United States and including other countries. But during the 1990’s there has been a rise of the epidemic in thailand, and there are many cases that go unaccounted for in Africa. This chart shows how the rates increased during those years.

UNAIDS/WHO Epidemiological Fact Sheets, 2004 edition
HIV and AIDS in Thailand, 1984-2000
Differences between HIV and AIDS:
The difference of HIV and AIDS is that HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, and AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. HIV stands for H-Human; which means that this disease can only infect human beings, I- Immunodeficiency; affects the immune system by destroying important cell that fights disease and infections, V- Virus; which is a virus that only reproduces itself. HIV is a virus that can stay in the human body for a long time without a person knowing, and attacks a key part of your immune system. AIDS is the final stage of the HIV infection. In this last stage of the HIV infection; a person’s immune system is badly damaged from this infection. AIDS stand for A- Acquired; aids are acquired not inherited, I-Immuno; is the body’s’ immune system which includes all the cell and organs that fights off infections and diseases, D- Deficiency; is that you get AIDS when the immune system is...