In October 1991, Earvin “Magic” Johnson was told that he tested positive for HIV after he took a routine physical. After much consideration Johnson made the decision to retire from the Los Angeles Lakers because of his medical condition. When his condition was published, some media outlets reported that some individuals confused his HIV with the disease AIDS. People believed the only way to contract HIV were by being a drug addict or homosexual. Magic Johnson has been living HIV positive for over 20 years and he is a great example of how not to let this virus control his life.
Good morning class, my name is Mia Combs and today I will be informing you on the history, prevention, and living with HIV/AIDS. A common misconception about HIV and AIDS is that they are the same thing. WRONG! HIV is a virus that could lead to an infection while AIDS is a condition brought about by HIV which many people do not survive. You can have HIV without having AIDS but if you have AIDS then you have HIV as well. The aim of this paper is to help you all better see the signs and protect yourself.
Although there are millions of cases of HIV every year a cure has yet to be found. According to HIV/AIDS: A very short introduction by Alan Whiteside, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, also known as HIV, began to spread rapidly during the 1970’s. After identifying the disease scientists could not pin point what exactly was causing it, how it spread, or which treatments were most effective. HIV/AIDS has become a controversial medical, political, and social concern. HIV and AIDS: A Global View written by Karen McElrath states that is has been suggested that the government was slow to recognize and adapt to the growing epidemic, public and private agencies and institutions have achieved considerable success. Even though there has not been vaccine to prevent the HIV infection or a cure for AIDS there are a few important ways you can protect yourself from
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