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...Danny Restrepo May 2nd, 2012 Biology Final Paper AIDS After doing extensive research, the disease I decided to base my research off of is the disease known as Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, more commonly known as AIDS. This disease of the human immune system is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus, better known as HIV. This illness interjects with the immune system, making infections much more commonly induced by people with AIDS. This susceptibility gradually gets worse as this disease progresses. Obtaining HIV is possible in many different ways, such as sexual intercourse, including the practice of oral sex and anal sex. Other ways of contracting this virus includes contaminated blood transfusions, hypodermic needles, an exchange between the mother and her offspring during the pregnancy cycle, childbirth and breastfeeding. This virus can also be transmitted by any contact of a mucous membrane, or the bloodstream with a bodily fluid that has the virus contained inside of it, such as the blood, semen, vaginal fluid, preseminal fluid and even breast milk from an infected host. AIDS is not likely to be transmitted by hugging, unless the host has open sores and legions on their body and is in direct contact with you. AIDS is most likely to be obtained at the ages of 13 to 20. The virus and disease are commonly paired together as HIV and AIDS....