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The purpose of this paper will be too show how AIDS is a serious disease in the world today AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome is a complicated illness caused by a virus that is passed from person to person The disease was first recognized in 1980 among homosexual men and injection drug users in New York and California Several years after it was recognized AIDS has become a worldwide epidemic By 1995 477900 Americans had developed the disease of whom 295500 had died and worldwide more than 14 million people were believed to be infected American researchers initially named the virus that causes AIDS the human T-lymphotropic virus type III-or HTLV-III AIDS After researchers discovered in the late 1980s that there were several forms of the AIDS virus the original virus was renamed the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 or HIV-1 AIDS The virus enters the bloodstream and destroys certain white blood cells The virus can infect other types of cells in the body including the immune-system cells AIDS is transmitted intimate contact between people or through blood transfer The virus is spread through sexual intercourse the sharing of needles and syringes or transfusion of blood products Transfusion of blood from an HIV- Koroskoski 2 person is certain to cause in infection of the recipient Needle sharing involves transfusion of smaller amounts of blood but is still a means of spreading the virus in areas where HIV is prevalent such as in metropolitan areas of the eastern United States active intravenous drug use in associated with HIV infections rates of around 50 percent Sexual transmission by semen or vaginal fluids either through vaginal or anal intercourse to male
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