HIV/AIDS Education. There are currently 33.2 million HIV-infected people in the world. Approximately 14,000 new HIV infections occur daily around the world. In October 2008, 1,106,400 adults and adolescents were living with HIV infection in the United States.
The virus attacks specific lymphocytes called T helper cells (also known as T-cells), takes them over, and multiplies. This destroys more T-cells, which damages the body's ability to fight off invading germs and disease.
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When the number of T-cells falls to a very low level, people with HIV become more susceptible to other infections and they may get certain types of cancer that a healthy body would normally be able to fight off. This weakened immunity (or immune deficiency) is known as AIDS and can result in severe life-threatening infections, some forms of cancer, and the deterioration of the nervous system.
Researchers believe that
HIV was introduced into the
human population when
hunters became exposed to
infected blood from a
subspecies of chimpanzees
native to west Africa.
These body fluids may contain HIV
These body fluids do NOT contain HIV
The 9 gallon theory
Every 10 seconds someone dies of AIDS.
That’s 2,820 lives during our Wellness class