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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 HIV/AIDS 1980s to 2008 in the US. HIV/AIDS began in 1981.Reports on the disease came mostly from California and New York. They were all young and healthy before the illness so it was relatively hard to find the connection between these men. The answer was: they were all gay. The acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was first recognized in 1981 and has become a major worldwide pandemic.AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). By leading to the destruction and/or functional impairment of cells of the immune system, HIV slowly destroys the body's ability to fight infections. There are 3 stagesof symptoms 1st stage:Many people do not develop symptoms after getting infected with HIV. Others have a flu-like illness within several days to weeks after exposure to the virus. They complain of fever, headache, tiredness, and enlarged lymph glands in the neck. These symptoms usually disappear on their own within a few weeks.Following initial infection, you may have no symptoms. 2nd stage:Once the immune system weakens, a person infected with HIV can develop the following symptoms: Lack of energy, Weight loss, Frequent fevers and sweats, Persistent or frequent yeast infections, Persistent skin rashes or flaky skin, Short-term memory loss, Mouth, genital, or anal sores from herpes infections. 3rd stage (AIDS):AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection. Nearly every organ system is affected. Some of the common symptoms include the following: Cough and shortness of breath, Seizures and lack of coordination, Difficult or painful swallowing, Mental symptoms such as confusion and forgetfulness, Severe and persistent diarrhea, Fever, Vision loss, Nausea, abdominal cramps, and vomiting, Weight loss and extreme fatigue, Severe headaches with neck stiffness, Coma.People with AIDS are prone to develop various cancers such as Kaposi sarcoma, cervical cancer, and cancers of the immune system known as lymphomas. Kaposi sarcoma causes round, brown, reddish or purple spots that develop in the skin or in the mouth. After the diagnosis of AIDS is made, the average survival time has been estimated to be 2-3 years. Certain body fluids from an HIV-infected person can transmit HIV.These body fluids are:BloodSemen Pre-seminal fluid Rectal fluidsVaginal fluidsBreast milkThese 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 possibly occur. Presented by: Gina Girbal Funes
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