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Bubonic Plague and AIDS

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Spread of the Diseases

Bubonic Plague
The Bubonic Plague could probably be considered one of the most contagious and deadly diseases in history. The sanitation of the villages and towns in Medieval Europe was pitiful, so there were rats in the streets, which were infected with the plague and carrying the plague-infecting fleas. If you came in direct contact with one of these rats or fleas, you would have the plague. It was said there were cases that persons going to bed well would die before they woke and doctors would catch the illness at a bedside and die before their patient. The plague existed in two forms, one that infected the bloodstream, causing the buboes and the internal bleeding, which was spread by contact. The other form, called the pneumonic plague, was even more vicious and attacked the lungs and respiratory system and was spread by respiatory infection.

HIV/AIDS spreads from human to human. It can be spread through homosexual and heterosexual intercourse, the sharing of needles, blood transfusions (however, this is very uncommon today because all donated blood is screened for HIV), contact with infected blood (such as using instruments contaminated with someone elses blood), from an infected mother to her baby during pregnancy, childbirth and sometimes even breastfeeding. HIV/AIDS can be prevented by abstinence, being faithful to your partner, and correct condom usage.



Author: Brooke Wilder 2006