AIDS is an epidemic

In the United States, AIDS is the number five leading cause of death among people in the 25-44 years age range. In the world, more than 50 million people are infected with it and HIV. Both diseases attack a person’s immune system, thus making the body unable to fight off life-threatening illnesses.

Over the years, more and more people in Asia, Africa, and Latin America are becoming AIDS and HIV patients. As a result, the United Nations World Food Program has extended its hands to reach out to these people who need help by donating foods, medications, and other necessities to help these people.

AIDS and HIV

People who suffer from AIDS usually start out by being infected with HIV. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus can be transmitted from one person to another through sexual intercourse, sharing of contaminated needles or blood, and during the childbirth, fetus development, or breastfeeding of an infected pregnant woman.

Once a person contracts HIV, he or she will usually not exhibit any visible symptoms. HIV has an incubation that may last for several weeks to months. Because of this, a lot of HIV-positive individuals neglect to get tested for HIV because there is no sign that they should.

Symptoms of AIDS

When the incubation period is over, the patient will start showing symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, weight loss, and swollen glands. At this point, there is no reason not to undergo an HIV test. People are strongly encouraged to get themselves tested at this stage so that the proper medication can be prescribed to them. Otherwise, they will progress to the next stages of HIV until they reach the final one which is AIDS.

At present, there is no known cure for AIDS. The treatments that we have everywhere are just treatments for the symptoms of the disease. A lot of people have already died because of AIDS, and until there is no cure for it or until people learn how to protect themselves from getting AIDS, more and more are going to fall victims to this fatal disease.

AIDS campaigns

AIDS awareness programs have been established over the years to help educate people about AIDS. Although AIDS is a disease that cannot be cured, it can be prevented. People should be informed about the dangers of AIDS so that they can observe appropriate sexual practices and other things in order to not put themselves at risk of contracting this deadly disease.