AIDS or Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome is caused when a person is infected by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). When people contact HIV (not AIDS) the virus spreads through body fluids (blood, semen, vaginal fluid, and breast milk) and can be passed on through a unsterilized syringe or unprotected. The virus attacks the patient’s immune system thus the body would no longer be able to fight off infections. Within 2 to 4 weeks after being exposed to HIV, symptoms will start to appear; rash, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, sore throat, fever, body pain, swollen glands, and headache.
Almost 30 years since it was identified, AIDS remains an incurable killer of huge populations. Medication can halt the virus progress and boost the body’s immunity but it cannot cure AIDS.