HIV/AIDS is one of the major causes of death among Africans, Americans, African-Americans, and Latinos in this world. AIDS was created by two very similar but different types of viruses called HIV and SIV.
HIV is a retrovirus, which means that it comes from an animal and once it gets into a human, it starts to attack the immune system. SIV is a lentivirus and it comes from monkeys. The HIV/AIDS virus has been around for over 25 years, but this year it has become much more common because there are more people who are infected with the virus in this country than ever before.
Most people think that they have contracted the virus after being exposed to someone else’s blood or body fluids through sex or needle sharing. This is true only if you were already infected with HIV/AIDS when you were first exposed to the virus in your body because you would not be able to contract something that you already had. If you were not infected with HIV/AIDS when you got the virus, then it would have been through sex or needle sharing and not by direct contact with someone else’s blood or body fluids.
AIDS is a condition that causes your immune system to weaken so much that it can no longer fight off the virus. At this point, you will have the symptoms of AIDS which are called AIDS-defining illnesses. You will get one of these illnesses, like Kaposi’s sarcoma or wasting syndrome, as soon as you start to have symptoms. These are usually seen by your doctor within one year after you were first infected with HIV/AIDS and most people do not get them until they have been infected with the virus for five years. The other type of illness that is associated with AIDS is non-AIDS defining illnesses or NADEs. These are cancers like lung cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, and leukemia or tumors like lymphoma and Burkitt’s lymphoma. Most people who get these kinds of cancers do not die from them but they can be very serious if not treated properly because they can cause your immune system to stop working properly again.
There are also other types of cancers like cervical cancer that are not AIDS-defining illnesses. These cancers are more likely to be seen in women who have been infected with HIV/AIDS than in those who have not been. The reason for this is that people who are infected with HIV/AIDS live much longer than people who do not have the virus. People with the virus get many of their health problems from the immune system weakening, but a weakened immune system can also weaken your ability to fight off other diseases as well like cancer.
There are other health conditions that you can get when you have AIDS because your immune system is weakened and there is no way for it to fight off infections like bacteria and viruses anymore. Your body will start attacking itself because it thinks you might be dead so your organs will start shutting down or dying off one by one until you die.
It is important to know what causes AIDS because there are treatments for it and if you understand why it happens, then you can make sure that you do not get AIDS and that you can get treatment as soon as you start having symptoms.
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What causes HIV/AIDS?
Infection with the virus is what causes AIDS. The virus is a member of the family of viruses called retroviruses. This family includes other viruses that cause diseases such as leukemia, breast cancer, and cervical cancer. HIV/AIDS is called an acquired immune deficiency syndrome because the immune system is destroyed by the virus in people who are infected with it. This is why it has been called an acquired disease because it needs to be acquired by someone for it to show up in their body. The virus does not need to be transmitted through sex or needle-sharing for a person to get it; they can also get it through blood transfusions or organ transplants, accidental cuts, and insect bites like mosquito bites or bee stings. Blood transfusions have been one of the main ways that people have gotten HIV/AIDS from one another because in the past blood transfusions were not tested very well. The virus can also be transmitted through breastfeeding, but it is not usually a concern for mothers with HIV/AIDS because they do not pass on the virus to their babies through breastfeeding.
Can anyone get HIV/AIDS?
Anyone can get HIV/AIDS, but in most cases it happens when you have sex with someone who has it. Some people can even get HIV/AIDS from kissing or sharing food or drinks with someone who has it because of an unknown disease called _transmission through saliva_. When this happens the person does not know they have AIDS and if they do know they may still be able to infect their partner by having sex with them. People cannot get AIDS from drinking water that has been polluted or from eating foods that are contaminated by sewage or animal waste. People also cannot get AIDS by using dental floss or anything else that is made out of plastic because there are no known ways to make a disease out of plastic. People can also get it from being bitten by a mosquito, but this is rare because it does not happen very often.
How do you get HIV/AIDS?
People can get AIDS by having sex with someone who is infected with HIV/AIDS and who has not been tested for the virus. It is not necessary for a person to have symptoms to have HIV/AIDS because the virus can be present in their blood without them even knowing about it. This means that if you are going to have sex, you should always be sure that you use protection because there are many different types of protection like condoms and dental dams that can protect against getting AIDS or any other diseases. People also cannot get AIDS from eating foods that are contaminated with sewage or animal waste unless they use those same items themselves. They cannot get AIDS from using dental floss or anything else that has been made out of plastic either, but they should still use protection in case they did.
How long does HIV/AIDS last?
Most people who are infected with HIV/AIDS will not show any symptoms for years or even decades. The virus can stay in a person’s blood, and if the person is in their twenties or thirties it will probably stay there for life because of the age-related changes that happen to the immune system over time. If they are older than that, it will only stay there as long as it takes for them to die of some other disease. If a person has AIDS they can show symptoms like fever, night sweats, and swollen lymph glands anywhere from three weeks to several years after being infected with the virus. After this point, their life expectancy will be about ten years or less depending on how healthy they were before getting the disease and how well they are able to treat it after becoming sick with AIDS. In most cases when someone gets HIV/AIDS they are given medicine right away and have a chance at living a normal life.
What are the symptoms of HIV/AIDS?
Most people who get HIV/AIDS will not show any symptoms because the virus is usually present in their blood without their knowing it. People with AIDS can have a number of different symptoms depending on how much the disease has progressed and where they are in their treatment. There may be a lot of different things going on at one time and it can be hard to tell which is which. The best way to tell if you have AIDS is to see your doctor or call your doctor’s office and ask them to test you for it. It will cost less than $100, but there is no reason not to ask them for help. It may even save your life if you do get tested soon enough.
Symptoms that show someone has AIDS
- Very low white blood cell count, usually only about 200 white blood cells per microliter (a microliter is one-millionth of a liter)
- Very high level of virus in the blood
- Fungus growing on the body, especially in the mouth or skin, that has spread from one part of the body to another
- Lymph nodes that are swollen and tender and that have a lot of fluid in them
- Body tissues being eaten away by Kaposi’s sarcoma (cancer), which may begin as red spots and then turn into skin sores or tumors that get bigger over time
- Any other disease that causes problems with blood clotting, like hemophilia or leukemia, which are both caused by a lack of certain kinds of blood cells
- A person can also die from AIDS if their immune system is not working properly to protect them from infections. They can get pneumonia for example, and not have enough white blood cells to fight off the infection they would normally be able to handle on their own. These are called opportunistic infections because they occur when the body is weakened by the HIV virus. A person can die from a condition that would normally not kill them, but it could kill a healthy person. These are called opportunistic infections.
What Happens to Someone When They Get HIV/AIDS?
When someone gets HIV/AIDS, their immune system attacks and destroys cells that produce white blood cells and some of the proteins in their bodies. This attack damages the immune system and weakens it so that it can no longer fight off infections or diseases. If someone is exposed to HIV they may not know that they have been infected with it for a long time, so their immune system may not know what to do when an infection shows up. The infection will usually cause serious problems in a person’s body before anything happens because if it does get into the bloodstream at all, there will be a lot of viruses there already. As soon as any of these problems happen, the person can become very sick.
When someone has AIDS, the amount of virus in their blood keeps growing and spreading. It can be deadly because if there are a lot of virus cells in the body, they can attack healthy cells as well as infected ones. In fact, any kind of cell that has HIV in it will make a lot of copies of itself and then explode and spread through the body. This is called _lymphatic system cancer_ because it is caused by HIV. Lymphatic system cancer may show up first as swollen lymph nodes under the arms or around the neck where they collect fluid. If you have these swollen lymph nodes and you are not sure if they are infected with HIV, then you need to go to your doctor for an HIV test so that he or she can tell if they really are infected with this disease.
In addition to getting lymphatic system cancer, people with AIDS may also get other kinds of cancers too, like Kaposi’s sarcoma, which is cancer that starts in the skin. The virus itself is not normally spread through the air, but if someone touches a contaminated surface and then touches their mouth or nose, they may get HIV. If they don’t wash their hands afterward they can then pass it on to someone else who might not know they have AIDS. The number of AIDS cases around the world has been growing rapidly for the past few years.