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In 1981 a new fatal infectious disease was diagnosed--AIDS Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome It began in major cities such as New York Los Angeles Miami and San Francisco People mostly homosexual men and intravenous drug users were dying from very rare lung infections or from a cancer known as Kaposis sarcoma They have not seen people getting these diseases in numerous years Soon it also affected hemophiliacs blood recipients prostitutes and their customers and babies born from AIDS-infected women AIDS was soon recognized as a worldwide health emergency and as a fatal disease with no known cure that quickly became an epidemic When high-profile victims began to contract the virus such as basketball star Magic Johnson the feeling spread quickly that anyone not just particular groups of people could be at risk AIDS impairs the human bodys immune system and leaves the victim susceptible to various infections With new research scientists think that the disease was first contracted through a certain type of green monkey in Africa then somehow mutated into a virus that a human could get AIDS is a complicated illness that may involve several phases It is caused by a virus that can be passed from person to person This virus is called HIV or Human Immune-deficiency Virus In order for HIV to become full-blown AIDS your T-cell count number of a special type of white-blood cells that fight off diseases has to drop below 200 or you have to get one of the symptoms of an AIDS-induced infection Most people recently infected by the AIDS virus look and feel healthy They may not show symptoms for several years but the condition is eventually fatal Even though one might not know that they have this deathly disease and remain apparently healthy they can still pass it along to others and they then pass it on to others etc until an abundant amount of people are infected Symptoms may include fever fatigue weight loss
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