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Lecture 6

Lecture 6 - Fall 2010

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Mark Hunter

GGRB28 Lecture 6 Milestones in AIDs AIDs began in 1981 In 1983 HIV was recognized as the cause of AIDS HIV (a virus) was incurable Throughout the 1980s were years of many people dying of AIDs with extreme fears in the West 1960s and 1970s was the sexual revolution, but then AIDs came along in the 1980s and began to associate the disease with sex in 1996 highly active treatment (triple therapy) was invented, and involved using 3 types of drugs to control HIVit allowed HIV to be slowed down CD4 count refers to the strength of your immune system When your CD4 drops from 1200 (normal) to below 300-200, you become labeled with AIDs Risk of Catching HIV Now all blood is screened for HIV MSM men who have sex with men (anal sex as theres a lot of tearing, blood etc) The listed intercourse does not take into account STDs, for example, syphilis involves open sores and blood Adults and children estimated to be living with HIV as of end 2004 Most of the infections are in Sub-Saharan Africa HIV Prevalence in adults in Africa, 2005 Prevalence of HIV varies across the continent Important Trends Wome
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