All You Need To Know About AIDS



Introduction:
AIDS is a life and death issue. To have the AIDS disease is at
present a senten,ce 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 curreently is neither a cure, nor even
an effective treatment, and no vaccine either. But there are things that
have been PROVEN immensely effevctive in slowing the spread of this
hideously lethal ...

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of Africa. In Zaire, 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 heteroosexual folks.

AIDS was first seen as a dise.ase 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 populsation 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 ...

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from RNA to DNA. Such 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
rare 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.

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Added: 11/17/2005 08:50:29 AM
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