AJ Carter and Charles Labb
Common name is HIV and the scientific name is human immunodeficiency virus.hiv_image.jpg
In 1981 the New York Times reported a rare case of cancer among gay men in New York and California. But in the medical world it was called Kaposi Sarcoma. At that point in time in New York emergency rooms began to see rash and flu like symptoms. And about a year later CDC linked the illness to a illness called AID's. In that first year over 1600 cases are diagnosed with close to 700 deaths. This virus can be passed from one human to another by infected blood, semen, or vaginal secretions. The biggest case of HIV to be found has been in Hong Kong. The mortality rates HIV-1, 15.3 in HIV-2, 15.6.

What does HIV do to your body?

HIV attacks your immune system, which is made up of cells that fight infection and disease. One of the most important of these cells that fights infection is called CD4 cell. It is also none as the T-cell.
Once HIV enters the body, it infects CD4 or T-cell and makes copies of itself in these cells. This makes new viruses. These new viruses are let out into your blood and they infect other T-cells. This process kills the T-cells and there cell count goes down.
As T-cells are lost, the immune system becomes weak. This makes it harder for your body to fight off other infections that do not affect most healthy people. These include opportunistic infections (OIs) such as pneumonia, herpes, tuberculosis, and cancers such as lymphoma and cervical cancer.
What is HIV?
The History of HIV
Hong Kong Reports Record Increase in Number of HIV Cases; Largest Increase Among MSM
Mortality rate in HIV-1 is 4-fold higher than in HIV-2