Inheritance and Genetics of HIV/AIDS
Genetics of HIV/AIDS:
HIV/AIDS is NOT a genetic disease. HIV/AIDS is an infectious disease.
In general, an infectious disease can be caused by a pathogenic organism (viruses, bacteria, fungi, worms, parasites) that can invade the body and cause infection.
Some infectious diseases can be contagious between people while others are acquired from the person's surroundings but are not spread from one person to another.
Racial Patterns for HIV/AIDS:
Racial Information for HIV/AIDS: HIV infection disproportionately affects African-American
and Hispanic women. Together they represent less than 25 percent of
all U.S. women, yet they account for more than 77 percent of AIDS
cases in women. HIV/AIDS is now the third leading cause of death
among women ages 25 to 44 and the leading cause of death among
African-American women in this age group. (Source: excerpt from HIV Infection in Women, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)
Racial Details for HIV/AIDS: The epidemic is growing
most rapidly among minority populations and is a leading killer of
African-American males. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), AIDS affects nearly seven times more
African Americans than whites and three times more Hispanics than
whites (CDC HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, Vol. 12,
2000). (Source: excerpt from HIV Infection and AIDS, An Overview, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)
About inheritance and genetics:
Inheritance of HIV/AIDS refers to whether the condition is inherited
from your parents or "runs" in families.
The level of inheritance of a condition depends
on how important genetics are to the disease.
Strongly genetic diseases are usually inherited,
partially genetic diseases are sometimes inherited,
and non-genetic diseases are not inherited.
For general information, see Introduction to Genetics.
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