Hiv Speech

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HIV Speech

It kills over 300,000 people a year. It can affect anyone regardless
of your race, sex, or age. It cannot be seen, treated, readily
detected or destroyed. It is capable of destroying millions of people
without wars or violence. This thing is AIDS caused by the virus
HIV-1. What would you do if you found out tomorrow you had AIDS? How
would you react if a family member contracted the disease and was
diagnosed with one to three years left to live? The HIV virus that
causes AIDS began to affect the nation many years ago and was first
discovered and documented by the Center for Disease Control in
Atlanta, Georgia in 1979. It is an increasingly frightening disease
for which no cure has yet been created. It is important to know
however that methods are currently available which can prevent the
transfer of this virus, and even slow down its malicious effects
before they become fatal. It is equally important to know how to avoid
getting the virus and also the symptoms in case you might run across
them. I have researched this topic through various sources and
compiled pertinent information to provide adequate information on this

First of all, AIDS is caused by the retrovirus HIV. HIV stands for
human immunodef-

iciency virus. AIDS itself stands for acquired immune deficiency
syndrome. As its name implies, AIDS is a virus that is acquired and
attacks the immune system making it useless in the event of other
viral or bacterial attacks on the human body. After the HIV virus is
initially contracted, the person may live a perfectly normal life for
several years before sign of the virus appear. At this time, these
persons develop symptoms knows as AIDS-related complex or ARC. Its
symptoms include persistent fever, fatigue, weakness, malaise, weight
loss, and abnormally low numbers of helper T cells. These ARC symptoms
may disappear and come back, but more often than not, these symptoms
lead up to the serious syndrome of AIDS. Studies have shown that the
risk of developing ARC and AIDS increases steadily over the years
after a person has first been infected with the HIV-1 virus. As an
AIDS patient's immune system deteriorates because of HIV-1, he tends
to develop a variety of recurrent or chronic infections. These
infections are normally harmless to people with healthy immune
systems, but are very dangerous to AIDS patients. In the third stage
of AIDS, the patients helper T cell count is down to a very dangerous
level. Here, common illnesses that are normally easily defeated such
as pneumonia and tumors are deadly to an AIDS patient. He may also
suffer from a mental illness known as dementia. After this stage,
there is little hope left for a patient. Frequent illness persists and
diseases that were...

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