Introduction: Many people have heard of the disease AIDS. But they aren’t aware of what exactly it does to your body and how dangerous it is. Since the epidemic began, an estimated 21.8 million people have died of AIDS. According to the A.D.A.M Medical Encyclopedia AIDS is the sixth leading cause of death among people ages 25 - 44 in the United States, down from number one in 1995. Today I will be talking about what exactly AIDS is, how it is transmitted, and possible treatments for it. II. Body
A. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, which is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It originated in non- human primates in Sub-Saharan Africa and was transferred to humans during the late 19th or early 20th century.
B. As HIV disease continues into AIDS, it slowly wears down the immune system. Viruses, parasites, fungi and bacteria that usually don’t cause any problems can make you very sick if your immune system is damaged. This can easily lead to death. (AIDS is a very deadly disease which can be transmitted in many different ways.) A. According to PubMedHealth.com HIV has been found in saliva, tears, nervous system tissue and spinal fluid, blood, and breast milk. However, only blood, semen, and breast milk have been shown to transmit infection to others. B. From mother to child -- a pregnant woman can transmit the virus to her fetus through their shared blood circulation, or a nursing mother can transmit it to her baby in her breast milk C. Through sexual contact
D. Through Blood, or needle sharing
(Although there are many possible ways in which you can be transmitted with AIDS there isn’t too much doctors can do to cure it.) A. There is no cure for AIDS at this time. However, a variety of treatments are available that can help keep symptoms at bay and improve the quality and length of life for those who have already developed symptoms.
B. According to AIDS.org the...