This week in Ms. Zuniga’s College Algebra class, students learned about different cases of AIDS, specifically within young children under the age of 13. The students attempted to figure out how many people from the years 1984-1996 were affected by this disease and how this changed over the years. Students discussed factors that caused this change and what we could do to spread awareness and prevention. Students used a quadratic function to predict the number of cases in future years.
Did you know???
- The HIV virus replicates by inserting its genetic code into human cells, particularly a type known as CD4 cells. Usually the infected cells produce numerous HIV particles and die soon afterwards.
- HIV transmission from mother to child during pregnancy, labor, and delivery or even by breast feeding has accounted for 91% of all AIDS cases reported among U.S. children.
- More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 6 (15.8%) are unaware of their infection.
- To prevent obtaining HIV, practice safe sex or avoid sexual activities all together.