The history of HIV and AIDS started long before it appeared in the United States. It wasn’t identified until the early 1980’s. It was unknown how it spread. The first cases came from needles in drug use and gay men. By the 1990’s, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibited discrimination against anyone living with HIV/AIDS. More were identified and how they contacted the disease. Education was increased to help prevent the spread of the disease. In the 2000’s generic drugs were manufactured to help reduce the cost. Currently the number of people living with HIV/AIDS has dropped significantly over the past 10 years.
HIV attacks our T cells. This break down allows for other opportunistic infections to take over our body. Once our immune system is weaken, it is a signal that AIDS is present. A type of chimpanzee in Central Africa has been identified as the source of HIV infection. There are said to be 3 stages to HIV. Infection; latency and AIDS. The process could go on for years. Treatment & identification is best the earlier it is identified. The only way you know if you have HIV is to have a blood test. Home testing kits are now available. No cure has been found for HIV but with medicine people can live a normal life.
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system. It can last for years. HIV is found in semen, blood, vaginal and anal fluids, and breast milk. It can be prevented by using condoms and not sharing needles. AIDS is a set of symptoms caused by the HIV virus. This appears when the body is too weak to fight off infection. AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. There is no cure for HIV but medications can help people live a longer and healthy life.
A visual history; emotional telling of HIV/AIDS. How it has effected our culture, our prejudge and reactions. This identifies the struggles we have seen with the disease. How people were scared to contract the disease and how uneducated they were about it.