We know that the virus has existed in the United States since at least the mid- to late 1970s. From 1979–1981 rare types of pneumonia, cancer, and other illnesses were being reported by doctors in Los Angeles and New York among several male patients who had sex with other men. These were conditions not usually …show more content…
(Institute.Org, n.d.) Since 1981, the (HIV) epidemic has continued to expand in the United States; In the Summer of 1982 the HIV virus was officially names AIDS, also being called other names as “gay-related immune deficiency” (GRID). The names changed when the Doctors realized the heterosexuals could also be affected. (Institute.Org, n.d.)
In 1983, scientists discovered the virus that causes AIDS. The virus was at first named HTLV-III/LAV (human T-cell lymphotropic virus-type III/lymphadenopathy-associated virus) by an international scientific committee. This name was later changed to HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). (CDC.GOV, n.d.)
HIV is spread only in certain body fluids from a person infected with HIV. These fluids are blood, semen, pre-seminal fluids, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. In the United States, HIV is spread mainly by having sex or sharing injection drug equipment, such as needles, with someone who has HIV.
Unlike some other viruses, the human body can’t get rid of HIV completely, even with treatment. So once you get HIV, you have it for