AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
AIDS is HIV positive virus that attacks the white blood cells and causes immune system disorder. The virus weakens the immune system so the body cannot defend itself against foreign invaders. As a result of a weakend immune system, the person eventually dies because of overwhelming cancer or infections. AIDS by itself doesn’t result in death but weakens the immune system and makes the body vulnerable to various diseases, infections or viruses.
The documentation on AIDS goes back to 1980s. Many researchers have been trying to find out the origin of AIDS, some believe that AIDS is a genetically modified engineering virus that has gone awry. Keep in mind that HIV positive virus goes viral via blood or sexual contact. In many parts of the world as well as the United States the blood banks screen the donated blood for the presence of HIV antibodies. AIDS could have a hidden period and HIV antibodies might not appear in three to six month after one is infected. In certain circumstances medical professionals and dentists who are in close contact with patients might get infected by HIV positive virus. It is necessary for medical professionals, clinical employees and emergency personals to wear rubber gloves when they are in contact with their patients. During pregnancy if the mother has HIV virus there is a 25% chance that her baby becomes infected by AIDS. One out of four kids born from mothers with HIV becomes infected. Scientists are still working to find out the steps in order to prevent children born from mothers with HIV positive from being infected. Keep in mind that some factors like bottle-feeding and drug therapy during the pregnancy are effective ways to reduce the chances of children being infected with HIV virus. It usually takes about two to five years for AIDS symptoms to appear; so many people who are affected may not even know if they have it.
After a person is infected the virus quickly starts reproducing billions of copies a day. Depending on the strength of the body, year after year the body becomes weaker and little by little the immune system starts to break down. Usually the risk factors that accelerate AIDS and turn it into diseases are overuse of drugs like antibiotic or steroids, over use of alcohol, cocaine, unprotected sex and unhealthy diet high in processed foods, sugar and fat. One of the most common symptoms of HIV virus is candidiasis (thrush) that is a fungal infection. Other symptoms are sore throat, cough, cold and fever for more than 10 days, excessive sweating, asthma, unexplained fatigue, mouth lesions, headaches, sudden weight loss, infection, join pain, memory loss, anxiety, stress, chest pains, blindness and diarrhea.