AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Disease Syndrome) may well be the worst health crisis humans have witnessed in centuries. While science has made some nearly miraculous advances in treating human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection (the cause of AIDS), in the past dozen years, the disease continues to sicken and kill millions of people around the world.

In preparation for this Seminar, please visit each of the following websites to learn about how HIV wreaks havoc on the human immune system. Overview of HIV Treatments. Retrieved from

CDC. Retrieved from

CDC. Living with HIV. Retrieved from

Aidsinfo. Health Topics. Treatment Resources: General Treatment Information. Retrieved from 65/general-treatment-information

Then, during Seminar, come prepared to discuss:

  • Transmission of HIV and spread of AIDS worldwide.
  • New advances in treatments for HIV disease.
  • Some people have talked about the “end of AIDS” in the past few years. Why? Is this really the end?
  • Why do you think some nations are unable to obtain drugs that they need to prevent/treat HIV disease?
  • What have some nations done to help decrease the rates of HIV infection?
  • What advice would you give to a young person who has just discovered that s/he is HIV-positive? How would your advice be different if that person lived in Uganda?
  • What are some local resources in your area for people with concerns about HIV or AIDS?

As always, feel free to discuss your own personal experiences as well as outside research you have done on the topic (with references, of course). Prepare an essay addressing the different questions listed above (in the synchronous Seminar section). The essay must be at least 400 words and written in your own words with citations, if appropriate.

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