AIDS Essay Research Paper AIDSHIV andor AIDS

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AIDS Essay, Research Paper AIDS HIV and/or AIDS is a life threatening disease that is affecting society today. It is a serious epidemic that is threatening millions of lives around the world. A person can become HIV infected thorough the sharing syringes or through vaginal or anal sex, one does not become infected from the air as some might think. It is infected through the blood. Testing positive for human immunodefiency virus or HIV, means that you carry the antibodies, you can be HIV infected and not have AIDS, AIDS occurs in later stage of infection. A person is infectious through all stages, although studies have shown that a person is most infectious during the early stage of detection and in the final stage of AIDS, during the midcourse of the infection they are less

infectious. There are several things that one can do to prevent becoming HIV positive. One items is that you can practice abstinence, or on a more realistic view, one should be monogamous and always use condoms. It has been researched that the use of condoms lowers the risk of becoming HIV infected by 90%. Although this protection is not 100% it is the only way that actually helps prevent you from getting the virus. I think that society should make condoms more accessible to young people, I believe they should have condom machines in girl and guys school bathrooms. I also feel that they should be distributed in school social events such as dances or proms, when it is most likely that they will be having sex. Giving youth condoms is not encouraging sex, in my opinion yet it is

educated them that they must protect themselves not only from unwanted pregnancies or venereal disease but from death, and from future spread of this epidemic. Studies shown that 50% of infected people are youths between the ages of 15 to 24 years of age. (Public Health Reports Jul. 1995, v110n4, p462-466. If this is the stage that statistics is showing that are most k]likely to contract the virus than why not do everything possible to help prevent it. Another study that I believe has brought results in the needle exchange program, In which drug users go and exchange their dirty needles for clean ones in order to prevent becoming or getting someone infected. “There are increasing data showing that those who regularly exchange their syringes in such programs benefit by lowering

their risk of HIV acquisition”. Khoshnood, Haven Public Health Reports Jul 1995, v110n4, p 462-466. I believe that AIDS education should be mandated in al states. As I stated before, if we are going to control this virus we need to educate from the start, if 11 years olds are having sex then they can spread the virus, them we need to teach them about AIDS and what to do to protect themselves. Whether we like it or not, or whether it is right or wrong, children are having sex and they need to be educated. Yes, we should teach them not to have sex, but those who still prefer to have sex need to be taught the precautions and how to protect themselves. “We could make a real difference and slow the spread of HIV of we learn to be open and frank with young people” says Dr.Merson

” The widespread introduction of well-planned sex education will go far to protect our children from the risk if HIV infection now..” Women International Network winter 1994, v20n1, p 19. Homosexuality also need to be taught to young people and the dangers and risk of having sex. “Most people diagnosed with the life threatening illness may feel that their lives reeling out of control-spinning faster and faster as loss surmounts loss, panic overtakes reason, chaos defeats order” (Reed, Brian. HIV, AIDS and the Law, Lambda book report Jul 1996, v5n1, p37-38) I believe this is true yet, I think that as each year goes by the outlook for people who have contracted HIV is brighter. Each year more studies have been made and each time a little step closer to a cure. Although