Human Immunodeficiency Virus By: abigail OCHOA and marvin ruiz

HIV affects mainly gay and bisexual men, particularly young African American gay and bisexual men.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that causes the condition acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The virus attacks a specific type of immune system cell in the body, known as CD4 helper lymphocyte cells. HIV destroys these cells, making it harder for your body to fight off other infections.

In 1983, scientists discovered the virus that causes AIDS. The virus was at first named HTLV-III/LAV (human T-cell lymphotropic virus-type III/lymphadenopathy-associated virus) by an international scientific committee. This name was later changed to HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).

You can get or transmit HIV only through specific activities. Most commonly, people get or transmit HIV through sexual behaviors and needle or syringe use. These body fluids must come into contact with a mucous membrane or damaged tissue or be directly injected into your bloodstream (by a needle or syringe) for transmission to occur.

There's no vaccine to prevent HIV infection and no cure for AIDS. But it's possible to protect yourself and others from infection. That means educating yourself about HIV and avoiding any behavior that allows HIV-infected fluids to be transmitted.

HIV would relate to me because with any sexual behaviors it is possible to get HIV and especially because my partner could possibly have it, since 1 out of 8 people in America have it and don't know they do.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at substantial risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. A way to prevent from getting HIV is to get tested, USE CONDOMS, limit your partners and don't inject yourself with used needles. Or don't inject yourself with needles at all.


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