14 Facts About AIDS


Between the time that AIDS was identified and 2021, the disease has caused an estimated 40 million deaths worldwide.

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AIDS was first recognized by the U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1981 and its cause—HIV infection—was identified in the early part of the decade.

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The most common initial conditions that alert to the presence of AIDS are pneumocystis pneumonia, cachexia in the form of HIV wasting syndrome, and esophageal candidiasis.

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People with AIDS have an increased risk of developing various viral-induced cancers, including Kaposi's sarcoma, Burkitt's lymphoma, primary central nervous system lymphoma, and cervical cancer.

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Additionally, people with AIDS frequently have systemic symptoms such as prolonged fevers, sweats, swollen lymph nodes, chills, weakness, and unintended weight loss.

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However, after determining that AIDS was not isolated to the gay community, it was realized that the term GRID was misleading, and the term AIDS was introduced at a meeting in July 1982.

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In 1983, two separate research groups led by Robert Gallo and Luc Montagnier declared that a novel retrovirus may have been infecting people with AIDS, and published their findings in the same issue of the journal Science.

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Gallo claimed a virus which his group had isolated from a person with AIDS was strikingly similar in shape to other human T-lymphotropic viruses that his group had been the first to isolate.

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Dr Jacques Pepin, a Canadian author of The Origins of AIDS, stipulates that Haiti was one of HIV's entry points to the U S and that a Haitian may have carried HIV back across the Atlantic in the 1960s.

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AIDS stigma exists around the world in a variety of ways, including ostracism, rejection, discrimination and avoidance of HIV-infected people; compulsory HIV testing without prior consent or protection of confidentiality; violence against HIV-infected individuals or people who are perceived to be infected with HIV; and the quarantine of HIV-infected individuals.

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AIDS stigma has been further divided into the following three categories:.

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Topic of religion and AIDS has become highly controversial, primarily because some religious authorities have publicly declared their opposition to the use of condoms.

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Therese Frare's photograph of gay activist David Kirby, as he lay dying from AIDS while surrounded by family, was taken in April 1990.

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However, they have had a significant political impact, particularly in South Africa, where the government's official embrace of AIDS denialism was responsible for its ineffective response to that country's AIDS epidemic, and has been blamed for hundreds of thousands of avoidable deaths and HIV infections.

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