Open Access Graduate Research Paper
AIDS (Disease) -- Patients -- Care;
AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome and is a disease caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The AIDS virus (HIV) may live in the human body for years and can be spread to others before any symptoms appear through sexual contact, use of contaminated IV drug needles and, rarely; through blood transfusions. Also, a woman who is infected with the AIDS virus can give it to her infant either before, during, or after birth. It primarily affects the body by attacking the immune system and leaving the body vulnerable to illnesses that can be fatal. These illnesses are called opportunistic infections and diseases because they seize the opportunity presented by the damaged immune system to move into the body. AIDS cannot be cured. Today about 1 to 1.5 million people in the United States are infected with HIV (American Red Cross, 1988).
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Educational Administration and Counseling
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©1990 Nancy Baker
Baker, Nancy, "Psycho-social needs of patients with AIDS" (1990). Graduate Research Papers. 2009.