Women and Hiv/Aids

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Women And HIV/AIDS in the United States
Barbara Snyder
HCS/455
October 22, 2013
Renee Skovira

This summary will be focus on Women and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in the U.S. What is HIV/AIDS, history since 1981 through 2010? Also, who are the stakeholders and how they are affected? In addition to this summary will examine what it is like living with HIV, statistics, according to The Kaiser Family Foundation there is a form of diagnostic testing, prevention care. HIV is a virus that once you have it, you will have it for life. HIV can be controlled with proper medications and medical care. A treatment for HIV is often called Antiretroviral Therapy (ART). HIV attacks specific cells in the immune system called CD4 cells, or T cells (Prevention C. F., 2013). HIV in the United States has been around for three decades. Women have been affected since then and heterosexuals transmission became known in the 1990’s. There are several ways to transmit this horrible disease with one being through drug use with needles, blood transfusions, and, of course, through multiple sexual encounters without protection. Women count for one in four of the more then one million people living with HIV in this country and one in five with new infections (Foundation, 2013). An estimated 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the U.S. It is a challenge living with HIV. “It is important that medications are taken as prescribed, as to when they are not this could lower the level of immune system defenders cells, thus necessary the levels of the virus in the blood (Prevention C. F., 2013). In addition, when living with HIV it is important that you make sure you tell your partners that you have HIV, and do not take risks, which then could spread the virus. The spreading of the virus can occur through the exchange of fluids such as…...

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