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An Overview on HIV

             Human Immunodeficiency Virus is a lack of blood cells that weakens the immune system. Human Immunodeficiency (HIV) is preventable; many adolescents and adults prefer not to use condoms, and there is a higher risk of transmission. There are many HIV prevention interventions that have significantly reduced the spread of this virus. Also, more knowledge is now available for those infected with the virus, in order to promote prevention of transmission, and allowing an infected person to live with the virus. Since the 1990's death from HIV has declined, more people are living with the virus for longer amounts of time. After reading this paper you should have better understanding on the use of condoms to prevent HIV. .
             In this paper I will be writing about reducing the number of people infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus, through the use of condoms as a contraceptive. It is estimated that about 1.1 million Americans are infected with HIV (Healthy People, n.d.). From that population, 1 out of every 5 people actually knows that they have HIV. As evidence for this paper, I will include studies that have been done to demonstrate safe HIV prevention. It is extremely important for people to become knowledgeable about this virus, so they do not unknowingly spread it. Throughout this paper I will be emphasizing the importance of practicing safe sex with the use of condoms. The lack of proper education on the use of condoms is prevalent in acquiring this virus. HIV if left untreated can be fatal and lead to AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) as well.
             According to San Francisco Aids Foundation, there are a lot of misconceptions on how HIV is transmitted: it is believed that you can acquire it from shaking hands or hugging someone, kissing, using the same toilet or utensils (2014). Human Immunodeficiency Virus can be transmitted through sexual intercourse, injection drug use, blood, bodily fluids and pregnant women onto their fetus and breast milk.

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