Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome: The Basic Facts
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) as the name implies is a Immune Deficiency syndrome. The bad news is
that the disease is fatal. 25 million people throughout the world have died from the AIDS virus since the epidemic
began. Today, Aids has reached epidemic proportions (worldwide spread). The disease is a virus that is
passed along from one person to another through exchanging body fluids such as blood or semen
(sperm & fluid from a male). The virus is called human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The virus attacks the
patient's white blood cells. Our white blood cells are what our bodies use to fight off infections. This is why so
many AIDS patients die from various types of infections; because they lack the ability to fight off the
The Aids virus is thought to have started in Africa and made it's way to America in 1981. It was first noticed
among the homosexual population and through shared contact like with needles it started to make it way through the
heterosexual population as well. Scientists hope to discover more new drugs to help AIDS victims manage their
disease better and perhaps even stem the flow of fatalities.
In U.S.A., AIDS is the fifth leading cause of death for those aged 25 through 44.
The AIDS virus can be passed from one person to another through various ways:
By having sexual contact that includes anal sex, oral sex, or vaginal sex.
By way of blood either through a blood transfusion (which is rare now in the U.S.A. because of precautions
taken) or by sharing a needle, or being stuck by a needle accidentally (as in medical personnel)
A mother can pass on the Aids virus to her unborn baby because of the shared blood circulation in utero.
A mother can pass on AIDS virus through her breast milk.
It is rare for AIDS to be transmitted through artificial insemination (donor sperm) or organ transplants due to
precautions taken, but it is possible.
You cannot contact the HIV virus merely by casually contact: hugging, touching the person in passing, or when
playing alongside them in sports, or by being bit by a mosquito.
The following people are at highest risk for contracting the AIDS virus:
Those who engage in unprotected sex
Those who have multiple sexual partners
Those who participate in activities that are considered "high risk" such as having anal sex, sharing used
needles with others.
Infants who are born to mothers who have the HIV virus and have not taken the HIV therapy during the pregnancy
are at high risk.
Those people who may have received blood transfusions between 1977 and 1985. Also at high risk are those who
received clotting products during those same years.
Did You Know?
Homeopathic medicine is another form of alternative treatment plans that are
available to the AIDS patient.
Many doctors who treat AIDS patients have had success with combining conventional
and homeopathic medicines. Alternative methods of treatment are becoming more accepted in the
medical world especially for patients with AIDS.
The conventional medical world should not ignore these alternative ways of
treatment. Patients with AIDS may insist on trying other methods of treatment while still taking
conventional AIDS drugs.
Alternative treatments have been proven to give some patients a better quality of
life while being treated for AIDS. Patients with HIV or AIDS should take an active role in the
treatment of their disease.
Don’t be complacent or allow others to make critical decisions in your treatment.
Work with your medical team and find a group that will help you if you decide to use homeopathic
treatments as well as conventional drugs.
Someone who has been infected with the AIDS virus may not show any symptoms for up to 10 years and during that
time be contagious and capable of passing the virus on to others. This is why it is so important to know who is in
the high-risk group and how to protect yourself as much as possible from being exposed to the AIDS virus.
It has been shown that most people experience the following symptoms approximately two weeks from the initial
exposure to aids and may or may not realize that what they are experiencing are actual AIDS symptoms:
Swollen lymph nodes
Most people contract the virus and then go on for up to ten years not knowing they have the AIDS virus and then
start experience symptoms.
The major way to recognize "symptoms" is to watch out for reoccurring infections and infections that do not
normally occur in those who are healthy (opportunistic infections).
You can’t get the virus by breathing the same air as an AIDS patient. It is not an
airborne virus. Y
ou can only get the infection by coming into direct contact with body fluids of a
person who has the HIV virus.
Someone who has been infected by aids and not yet diagnosed may experience and seek medical
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