AIDS:Is There a Cure? Are There Preventions?

Essay by BonesHigh School, 10th gradeA+, December 1996

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What is AIDS? How do you cure it? Find out by reading this report on cures and preventions for the AIDS virus. In this report some of the topics covered will be a small report on AIDS, preventions, and possible cures. This report was written to prove if there is a cure for the AIDS virus, and if there are any ways to prevent contracting AIDS. I mean who does AIDS think it is just killing people?

AIDS is a virus that kills your immune system. The letters in AIDS stand for Acquired, Immune, Deficiency, Syndrome. (Madaras,185-6)

There are four ways the AIDS virus can be spread. The first is by having sexual intercourse with someone infected with the virus. AIDS is transmitted this way by way of the semen. This is also the way most people get AIDS. (Madaras,187) The second most common way people get AIDS is by dirty intravenous needles.

It is transmitted by the blood or other body fluids on the needle, and when someone else then uses the same needle, they have a high risk of catching the virus. The third most common way AIDS is spread is by blood transfusions. This is done almost the same way as by IV needle but it is always by the blood.(Madaras,187) The most rare way the AIDS virus is spread is by a mother passing it to fetus inside her.(Madaras,188)

AIDS is a very rapidly-spreading disease although it is only spread four ways. Ten years ago only two cases of AIDS were known. Nine years ago only seven cases were known. In 1983 over 3,000 cases were recorded, and by 1989, there were more than 100,000 cases. (Samuel,26)

Many people think you can get AIDS by what scientists call 'casual contact.' Casual contact is by such...