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Transcript of HIV/AIDS
HIV stands for...
AIDS is acquired after birth; it is not genetic.
The immune system is all the organs and cells that work to fight off infection or disease.
AIDS is contracted when your immune system is deficient, not working properly.
This virus only affects humans.
HIV weakens your immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. A "deficient" immune system can't protect you.
Because it is a virus, HIV rapidly reproduces once introduced to a host
HIV is a S.T.D. which attacks a key part of your immune system- disease fighting cells.
HIV invades these cells and uses them to make more copies of itself. Then, after multiplying to great amounts, it destroys these disease fighting cells.
Over time, your body becomes unable to create new disease fighting cells. When that happens, the once HIV infection has now led to AIDS.
AIDS stands for...
AIDS is a syndrome, a complex illness with a wide range of complications and symptoms.
How is HIV transmitted?
HIV is transmitted through body fluids such as blood and saliva.
Over 33.4 million in the world
are currently living with HIV/AIDS.
Stages of HIV/AIDS
Through the early stages of HIV, many people suffer from fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fevers, chills, night sweats, and wasting syndrome.
It's a global crisis.
More than 25 million people have died of AIDS worldwide since the first cases were reported in 1981.
And it's getting worse....
In 2008, 2 million people died due to HIV/AIDS, and another 2.7 million were newly infected.
Many people affected are unable to afford treatment and die painfully after 2-3 years.
In addition to the devastation that AIDS can cause to a victim's loved ones, AIDS can cause economic problems for an entire country.
In African nations, it has severely diminished the labor force. Because of this, imports to Africa have increased. In turn, increased imported goods have harmed the local economy and people. In critical cases, it may even cause the bankruptcy of a nation.
Please join our quest to promote awareness and raise money for the AIDS epidemic.
Wasting syndrome is the involuntary loss of more than 10% of your body weight.
In addition, it can cause more than 30 days of diarrhea, weakness, and fever.
Effects of HIV
HIV and AIDS almost always result in death if no treatment is taken.
Without treatment, the life expectancy of an HIV victim is about 3 years.
In severe cases, life expectancy is only about 1 year...
How we can help
Our organization, Arts4Aids, raises money to help support the joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS, also knows as UNAIDS.
UNAIDS is a global partnership which inspires and leads the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care, support. UNAIDS mainly works in impoverished African countries, which have all-time high HIV and AIDS rates but lack the basic infrastructure to provide treatment. Many of the HIV victims in these nations are young children and women.
How we contribute
We plan to donate the money we collect through our auctions and concerts to UNAIDS, and support them in helping the world live through such a deadly epidemic.
Children in Africa orphaned by the AIDS epidemic
Millions of children in Africa have been orphaned by the AIDS epidemic which took their parents' lives.
Effect in Africa
Millions of victims every year suffer and perish from the hands of this murderous epidemic.
AIDS victims suffer from the torturous symptoms that accompany it. Here, these victims are affected by the Wasting Disease.
The National AIDS website - Citation: "Welcome to AIDS.gov." Welcome to AIDS.gov. U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, n.d. Web. 31 Oct. 2013.
AVERT- Citation: "Worldwide HIV & AIDS Statistics." HIV and AIDS Information and Resources. The Avert Organization, 1 Dec. 2012. Web. 31 Oct. 2013.
The UNAIDS website- Citation: "UNAIDS." UNAIDS. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Oct. 2013.
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