Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a deadly immune system disease that develops in people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The disease destroys the body’s white blood cells, weakening the immune system and leaving the body open to attack from various opportunistic infections and diseases. Eventually, these various infections overwhelm the body and results in death.

Causes of HIV and AIDS

HIV is transmitted through contact with infected bodily fluids, including blood and semen. Most commonly, the infection is spread by unprotected sexual contact with an infected partner or by sharing contaminated needles. Prior to screening in 1985, the HIV virus was spread to hemophiliacs and other bleeding disorder patients in the U.S. and around the world through tainted blood products.

Blood transfusions during surgery have also resulted in HIV transmission, although the American blood supply is now considered to be safe under current testing and screening measures. Health care workers can also be at risk of HIV infection from accidental needle pricks while on the job.

Filing HIV / AIDS Lawsuits

Individuals such as bleeding disorder patients, medical workers, and sexual assault victims who have been infected with the HIV virus through the negligent or wrongful action of another may have the right to seek legal remedy through a personal injury claim. Contact a lawyer today to learn more about your legal rights!

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