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Infectious Disease

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Infectious Disease
Tivoonaah Howard
Brian Eigelbach

In this discussion I will explain the inflammatory response, describe psychology’s role in health and describe the disease, how it is transmitted, and the environmental factors that make someone vulnerable to it. I will identify standard and alternative treatments, I will also be discussing the methods used to control the spread of the disease and the consequences of not controlling it, and I will identify community health promotion and wellness strategies to help prevent the disease.

Inflammatory response, this” condition seen in some cases of AID or immunosuppression, in which the immune system begins to recover, but then responds to a previously acquired opportunistic infection with an overwhelming inflammatory response that paradoxically makes the symptoms of infection worse. The suppression of CD4 T cells by HIV or by immunosuppressive drugs causes a decrease in the body's normal response to certain infections. Not only does this make it more difficult to fight the infection; it may mean that a level of infection that would normally produce symptoms is instead undetected subclinical infection. If the CD4 count rapidly increases due to effective treatment of HIV, or removal of other causes of immunosuppression, a sudden increase in the inflammatory response produces nonspecific symptoms such as fever and in some cases a worsening of damage to the infected tissue.” ("Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome", 2012). The psychology’s role in health is to study people health and their well-being. They also study health beliefs and health related behaviors.

HIV/AIDS is an” acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, (Aids) is a disease of the human immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This condition progressively reduces the effectiveness of the immune system and leaves individuals susceptible to opportunistic infections...

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