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In this project I will discuss the problems with aids particulary in South Africa and how its possible that this disease has become such a big problem for this country I will give you some information about Aids and also suggestions for what we can do to avoid it in the future My sources have been the internet the library and I also have a couple of friends in South Africa that have mailed me information HIVAIDS It has become the most important health issue for a lot of countries around the world especially in Africa I will know give you a very simple explanation of this extremely complex disease Its a virus that enters the bloodstream and attacks our immune system making it harder to defeat other infections There exists two different types of Hiv Hiv-1 is the most common one and its mostly located in the First World Asia Latin-America and most of Africa while Hiv-2 is geographically linked with West Africa Hiv-1 is a more lethal disease than its counterpart and it has a shorter incubation period Stages of HIV infection When you get infected by HIV youre labelled HIV positive and you carry the virus for the rest of your life Stage 1 Primary HIV infection The first stage is known as primary HIV infection and lasts until the bodys initial immune response develops a small measure of control over the virus This period can be last up to three weeks In this period you will develop a lot of symptoms like night-sweats fever malaise headaches and enlarged lymph glands Stage 2 Seroconversion The second stage is called seroconversion in this period the body develops antibodies to ward off HIV Even though HIV will win the battle they bodys immune system is able to keep the virus in check for a number of years This period usually lasts from 6-12 weeks Stage 3 Asymptomatic Stage After seroconversion
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