The history of AIDS is a short one. As recently as the 1980’s, no one was aware of this deadly illness until mid-981 when it was first reported in the United States. Since then the global AIDS epidemic has become one of the greatest threats to human health and development. Acquired Immune Deficiency syndrome, or AIDS is a fatal and incurable disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). AIDS attacks and destroys the immune system, gradually leaving the individual defenseless against illnesses that lead to death.
Aids is now widespread in the world community and some thirty years after being first identified is still regarded as being of epidemic proportions. Pharmaceutical drugs such as Combivir have been used since the 1990’s to combat HIV and Aids and top pharmaceutical companies share the market with a range of HIV and AIDS specific drugs.
The introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy in 1996 was a turning point for those with access to sophisticated health-care systems. Although they can’t cure HIV/AIDS, antiretrovirals (ARV's andHAART) and their use in combination, have dramatically reduced mortality and morbidity and prolonged and improved the lives of sufferers. In addition, traditional cures, such as Chinese herbal supplements and teas, actually work to increase the functionality of the patient’s own immune system. The herbal product “Immune Plus” is said to achieve 99% load reduction of HIV with use over 12 to 18 months.
A wide range of interventions, including a strong commitment to preventing new HIV infections as well as treating people already infected, is necessary to tackle the global Aids epidemic.
A person doesn’t actually" get" AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). They might get infected with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency virus), and later they might develop AIDS. They can get infected with HIV from anyone who's infected, even if they don't look sick and even if they haven't been tested HIV-positive yet. The blood, vaginal fluid, semen, and breast milk of people infected with HIV has enough of the virus in it to infect other people. Your risk of getting HIV or passing it to someone else depends on several factors:
» Having sex with an infected person;
» Sharing a needle (shooting drugs) with someone who's infected;
» Being born when their mother is infected, or drinking the breast milk of an infected woman.
This disease strikes people of all backgrounds and ages, from newborns to the elderly. AIDS is a communicable illness that can be usually prevented by...