AIDS And You


Introduction:
AIDS is a life and death issue. To have the AIDS disease is at present a
sentence of slow but inevitable death. I've already lost one friend to
AIDS. I may soon lose others. My own sexual behavior and that of many of
my friends has been profoundly altered by it. In my part of the country,
one man in 10 may already be carrying the AIDS virus. While the figures may
currently be less in much of the rest of the country, this is changing
rapidly. There currently is neither a cure, nor even an effective treatment,
and no vaccine either. But there are things that have been PROVEN immensely
effective in slowing the spread of this hideously lethal ...

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it is estimated that over twenty percent of
the adults currently carry the virus. That figure is increasing. And what
occurred there will, if no cure is found, most likely occur here among
heterosexual folks.

AIDS was first seen as a disease of gay males in this country. This was
a result of the fact that gay males in this culture in the days before AIDS
had an average of 200 to 400 new sexual contacts per year. This figure was
much higher than common practice among heterosexual (straight) men or women.
In addition, it turned out that rectal sex was a particularly effective
way to transmit the disease, and rectal sex is a common practice among
gay males. For these reasons, the disease spread in the gay male population of
this country immensely more quickly than in other populations. It became to be
thought of as a "gay disease". Because the disease is spread primarily by
exposure of ones blood to infected blood or semen, ...

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reverse or "retro" flow of information does not occur
at all in any DNA virus or any other living things. Hence, the virus was
said to belong to the rar group of virues called "Retro Viruses". Research
provided the means to test donated blood for the presence of the antibodies
to the virus, astronomically reducing the chance of ones getting AIDS from a
blood transfusion. This was one of the first real breakthroughs. The same
discoveries that allowed us to make our blood bank blood supply far safer also
allowed us to be able to tell (in most cases) whether one has been exposed
to the AIDS virus using a simple blood test.

The Types of AIDS Infection:

When ...

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