Global News published this video item, entitled “Pelosi credits fight against AIDS for historic victories like marriage equality” – below is their description.
Marking the 40th anniversary of the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi credited the activism that sprung up in the wake of the first cases reported in the U.S., and for subsequent victories in the effort to end discrimination against the LGTBQ community.
“We wouldn’t have had marriage equality at this point without the fight on HIV and AIDS. We would not have had overturned the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” without the fight with HIV and AIDS.” she said.
Pelosi joined a sombre ceremony in San Francisco, Calif., where she laid a wreath honouring the 700,000 Americans who lost their lives to AIDS.
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In This Story: HIV
The human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV) are two species of Lentivirus (a subgroup of retrovirus) that infect humans. Over time, they cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a condition in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive.
Without treatment, average survival time after infection with HIV is estimated to be 9 to 11 years, depending on the HIV subtype. In most cases, HIV is a sexually transmitted infection and occurs by contact with or transfer of blood, pre-ejaculate, semen, and vaginal fluids. Research has shown (for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples) that HIV is untransmittable through condomless sexual intercourse if the HIV-positive partner has a consistently undetectable viral load.
Non-sexual transmission can occur from an infected mother to her infant during pregnancy, during childbirth by exposure to her blood or vaginal fluid, and through breast milk. Within these bodily fluids, HIV is present as both free virus particles and virus within infected immune cells.
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