The AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) Virus.

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A.I.D.S. is the short for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. AIDS is a specific group of diseases that result for suppression of the immune system. There is no true cure for the AIDS virus. Today, scientist are trying very hard to find a cure for the AIDS virus, but have successfully slowed down the process of the cause of AIDS called HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).

AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is a specific group of diseases that results from the suppression of the immune system (A group of cells, molecules, and organs that defend the body against invaders causing disease). The AIDS virus first involves the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). People with the HIV virus gradually loses immune function along with immune cells and without immune function, the HIV virus turns into the AIDS virus and eventually results in death.

AIDS was first identified in the United States in 1981.

Researchers and scientist say that the origin of the AIDS virus may have come from Central Africa. In the United States alone, there are about 65,000 new cases a year and increasing. (Brooke, Robert-The Nurse's Handbook, Pp. 149-Copyright. 1992)

The first patients in America and Europe were male homosexuals, but since 1989, heterosexual sex was found to be the fastest transmission of the AIDS virus. 90% of the new cases of the AIDS virus originated form heterosexual sex (Heterosexual sex is sex between two different genders). (Brooke, Robert-The Nurse's Handbook, Pp. 151-Copyright.1992)

American researchers initially named the virus the cause of AIDS the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Researchers discovered in the late 1980's that there were 3 types of AIDS virus, but the original virus was named HIV. The HIV virus enters the bloodstream and destroys white blood cells called T-lymphocytes or T-cells (T-cells play a key role of...