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Where did the disease come from- At the beginning of the 1959s various reports began to emerge in Africa of a small number of men who had been diagnosed with HIV. . The pneumonia, Pneumocystis Pneumonia Carinii (PCP), is generally only found in individuals with seriously compromised immune systems. However, the men were young and had previously been in relatively good health. The only other characteristic that connected them was that they were all gay.

How does it spread- In the United States, HIV is spread mainly by having sex or sharing injection drug equipment such as needles with someone who has HIV. Only certain fluids—blood, semen (cum), pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk—from an HIV-infected person can transmit HIV.

How will it effect young peopl-But children orphaned by AIDS are not the only children affected by the epidemic. Many more children live with parents who are chronically ill, live in households that have taken in orphans or have lost teachers and other adult members of the community to AIDS. Almost as lethal as the virus itself is the stigma and resulting discrimination faced by people living with, or affected by HIV.