S Argumentative Persuasive EssaysNo Cure for AIDS What is AIDS? How do you cure it? Find out by reading this report oncures and preventions for the AIDS virus. In this report some of the topicscovered will be a small report on AIDS, preventions, and possible cures. Thisreport was written to prove if there is a cure for the AIDS virus, and if thereare any ways to prevent contracting AIDS. I mean who does AIDS think it is justkilling people? AIDS is a virus that kills your immune system. The letters in AIDS standfor Acquired, Immune, Deficiency, Syndrome.
(Madaras,185-6) There are four ways the AIDS virus can be spread. The first is by havingsexual intercourse with someone infected with the virus. AIDS is transmittedthis 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 intravenousneedles. It is transmitted by the blood or other body fluids on the needle, andwhen someone else then uses the same needle, they have a high risk of catchingthe 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 theblood.(Madaras,187) The most rare way the AIDS virus is spread is by a motherpassing it to fetus inside her.(Madaras,188) AIDS is a very rapidly-spreading disease although it is only spread fourways. Ten years ago only two cases of AIDS were known. Nine years ago only sevencases were known. In 1983 over 3,000 cases were recorded, and by 1989, therewere more than 100,000 cases.
(Samuel,26) Many people think you can get AIDS by what scientists call “casualcontact.” Casual contact is by such means as swimming pools, kissing, toiletseats, etc. “…
it’s important to remember that the AIDS virus doesn’t live inthe air or on things we touch, the way cold or flu viruses do. (Madaras,186)There have been no cases recorded where the infection was caused by casualcontact. The part of your body that the AIDS virus kills is your immune system asmentioned before, but what it really kills is your white blood cells. Whiteblood cells usually attack a virus when it enters the body. “It is a relatively new disease.
The first cases in this country werediscovered in 1981.” (Madaras,185-6) Still, in all this time, scientists havenot figured out a cure or vaccine for the virus because they do not even knowhow the AIDS virus cripples your white blood cells. A common symptom AIDS patients get is developing rare types of skincancer. (Aids:Everything you should know,movie,AIMS,1989) Really AIDS doesn’tkill you–other germs or viruses do because when they enter the body there isno immune system to protect your body so they can live freely. (Samuel,27) There is no 100% sure way to prevent AIDS, and there is always apossibility that you may contract the AIDS virus.
(Aids:Everything you shouldknow,movie,AIMS,1989) The only true 100% sure prevention from getting AIDS iscalled abstinence which means not having sex. (Madaras,166) The other way toprotect yourself from AIDS when you have sex is by using condoms. Althoughcondoms are not a 100% sure way to protect yourself from AIDS, it’s still betterthan doing nothing.
(Madaras,166) A condom is a thin piece of rubber that fitsover the erect penis that traps the semen at the end. (Madaras,166) “Clearly itwould be helpful and self protective if a person who has a high risk sexuallife-style could at least modify it to make it less risky.” (Nourse,128) The only really sure way to protect yourself from getting AIDS byneedles is not to use them, but if you do, there are ways to prevent contractingAIDS. The first is not to use needles that someone else has used before you.Today doctors use different needles for each patient. (Madaras,187) The hardest way to prevent getting AIDS is when you are going to havea blood transfusion. A blood transfusion is when you’re going to have surgeryand you need somebody’s blood to replace the blood that you lost during theoperation.
One way to protect yourself from AIDS when you’re going to have ablood transfusion is by checking out the person that donated the blood and tosee if he/she has contracted AIDS or has AIDS symptoms. The other way is to tryto donate your own blood ahead of time. As I said before, since 1985 all bloodmust be scanned for the AIDS virus before it is used. (Aids:Everything youshould know,movie, AIMS,1989) Many scientists today dedicate their whole lives to finding cures forsome kind of disease and many of them are trying to find a cure for AIDS. Suchdrugs as AZT, DDL and Pyridinone have been used in attempting to retard thedevelopment of the AIDS symptoms.
(Cowley,51) Although none of the above drugsactually cure AIDS, they do slow it down. In Michigan, a hospital has combinedall three of the drugs in a test tube and the mixture killed the virus. Theydid this because the virus mutates so fast that one drug alone will not do it,but if you send AIDS three drugs, it can’t fight them all at one time so it dies.
(Cowley,51) These are all chemical cures but other scientists are also workingon genetic cures. Wong Follie has dedicated almost her whole life to finding acure for AIDS and other diseases. One of the possible cures she is working onworks by making a semi-copy of the AIDS virus. The part that actually killsyour immune system has been crippled. When the drone enters the body the immunesystems fights it. So basically what it is doing is teaching the immune systemhow to kill the real AIDS virus when it comes.
This has not actually beentested because of the time it takes to make the drone. So basically, in this report, you have found out that AIDS is a killerand that anyone is vulnerable to the disease. There is no 100% percent sure wayto prevent the AIDS virus, so you better be very careful what you do. Andfinally, you learned that there is no 100% test-proven cure, so once you get it you’re stuck with it forever.