Hiv Awareness

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Tina M Thompson
Grand Canyon University:
Concepts in Community Health Nursing
NRS- 427V
March 25, 2015

HIV and AIDS is a relatively new disease. It started making news in the 1980’s and quickly became front page news. This was a disease that appeared out of nowhere and starting killing people by the thousands. Never before had we seen a disease that was so deadly. We didn’t know what caused it, how it was spread, or if there was any way to treat it. Those were definitely very frightening times. Now, thirty years later we have a few of those answers. We are going to look at this disease, what causes it, how it’s spread, treatments, complications, and who is affected. Unfortunately we won’t be discussing how it’s cured, at least not yet…..


HIV and AIDS first made an appearance in the 1980’s and proceeded to change the world as we knew it. When it burst onto the scene it was “their” disease. Who were “they”? “They” were homosexuals and drug addicts who shared needles. HIV had already been discovered in Africa and of course we heard about it on the news, but it didn’t really affect us here in the United States so it wasn’t our problem. Right….
When the news broke that famous actor and sex symbol Rock Hudson had AIDS everyone was shocked. How was that possible?? Rock Hudson wasn’t a junkie and he certainly wasn’t gay, so how could this happen? That was the worlds wake up call. What Is HIV?

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the immune system. Once infected, the immune system gradually decreases to the point that the infected person cannot fight off even the simple cold. Usually the person develops one of the opportunistic ailments due to the weakened immune system that ends up causing death. The good news is that science has made great stride in treating HIV. People are living longer with…...

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