Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Origin of AIDS. 3. How does AIDS effect the immune system. 4. HIV symptoms what are they. 5. Risks and realities of childhood during the HIV epidemic. 6. How can HIV transmission be prevented. Bibliography. Index.
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome is a disease of the human immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus. This condition progressively reduces the effectiveness of the immune system and leaves individuals susceptible to opportunistic infections and tumours. HIV is transmitted through direct contact of a mucous membrane or the bloodstream with a bodily fluid containing HIV, such as blood semen, vaginal fluid pre seminal fluid and breast milk. This book presents the worldwide information about HIV/AIDS to keep the policy makers, planners professionals activists researchers, educationists teachers and students well informed of the epidemic. (jacket)