HIV & AIDS

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HIV VIRUS & AIDS
THE HISTORY..… EVOLUTION OF THE DISEASES, AS WE KNOW IT

Nobody is absolutely certain as to how the HIV virus came into existence. We do know that the virus has been in existence for many decades. The discovering of the source of the virus has not been an easy task for scientists around the world. Researchers now believe that this virus may have existed in Africa for many years with monkeys being the prime contributors. Monkeys were used for food in some rural parts of the African continent. Explorers might have been infected with the virus through small cuts on their hands while preparing the meat of the monkey.

Since the late fifties, the African continent has gone through major changes. Africa became more developed… less rural, and big cities and even new countries began to emerge. Drastic change occurred in the traditional way of life and health care of many of the African people. Through the World Health Organization and United Nations, scientists and other medical personnel determined that Africa had been hit the hardest with this epidemic and it has been estimated that 80% of HIV cases worldwide will occur in Africa. The virus had probably been spreading undetected for many years. Prior to these sociological changes it may have been a part of their way of life, and may never have gone outside of these small villages.

The African HIV virus was identified by scientists as having similar viral characteristics to the virus that was found in the Green Monkeys of Central African countries. This area has the most cases of AIDS in the world. This virus does not seem to hurt monkeys and it is believed that it came out of Africa by way of travelers. However HIV came into existence, it certainly is now a major worldwide medical problem.

Exactly where this virus may have originated has never been proven. Researchers cannot state with certainty how the virus was introduced into the United States, or who the carriers might have been, or at what point it mutated into a deadly strain.

HIV was not isolated as the cause of AIDS in the U.S. until 1984

WHAT IS HIV?
It stands for Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus. HIV Virus is a communicable blood-borne disease-causing agent. Once infected, it eventually leads to other health complications.

HIV will kill or impair the white blood cells of the immune system. These cells are responsible for defending the body against infectious diseases.
By lessening the body’s white cell count, HIV progressively destroys the body’s ability to fight off infection and certain cancer causing agents.
Persons diagnosed with HIV virus become susceptible to life threatening diseases, generally known as “opportunistic infections” – infections caused by microbes that usually do not cause illness in a healthy person.

Once infection has taken hold of its host and set in, an infected individual can infect others, despite the fact that he or she may look and feel totally healthy. The HIV virus remains and reproduces in its host for a prolonged period of time, known as an incubation period. This time of incubation, in the case of HIV, is an actual period of being infected and able to pass the HIV virus, before a person’s own symptoms appear.
This period of time can be from 2 to 10 years, sometimes longer.

Symptoms vary from individual to individual.
Remember, during this period of time an infected person may continue to look and feel healthy… still they can and very often do infect others!
It is estimated that more than one million people are infected with the HIV virus in the United States. Despite the increase in education and the many advances in medical treatments, experts project a worsening of this viral crisis for some years…. probably well into the next ten or twenty years.

Developing a safe and effective vaccine to reduce the human and economic cost of the HIV/AIDS epidemic has become an international health priority. It is important for the public to know that, although a vaccine has not yet been discovered, scientists and researchers are working diligently on a cure for the HIV virus.

HIV is considered a weak virus in comparison to other viruses, such as those that caused polio, chicken pox, or the mumps. HIV virus is unable to survive in an open environment, especially when subjected to cold surfaces, process of drying, and ultra-violet lights. It can be destroyed by some soaps, some detergents, or certain other strong disinfectants.

Once locked into a T-helper cell in the blood stream, it is impossible to destroy it within the cell. HIV begins to destroy the immune system in such a manner that it is impossible to counteract the invasion.
HIV is able to reproduce within the body through its unique manner of using certain specific body cells. These cells are known as “T-4 cells”.


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