Where did HIV begin?

The history associated with HIV stemmed from the Democratic Republic Of Congo, and it was claimed to have been initiated during the late 1970’s. It is claimed that HIV was transferred onto humans when crossed with chimpanzees. Once this was noted, more and more cases started to show prevalence around the globe. It jumped from L.A, to Southern California, and a lot more places. With all the concerns that started to arise, doctors and health professionals started to gather data on this deadly infection. Nothing seemed to be working with the developments of the drugs that were administered to patients. HIV mutates so rapidly, and even today that’s one of the biggest issues with Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Here’s a great link which provides more insight on the history of HIV ! https://www.avert.org/professionals/history-hiv-aids/overview

How can I get HIV?

There are a number of ways in which someone can contract HIV, which include the following ; sex without a condom, using injecting equipment, receiving a blood transfusion from someone who has HIV, and being passed from a mother to her baby. Now the next question to ask is, how to protect yourself from these types of situations. Having protecting sex a very important step to take for one, also PreP therapy which is available. This type of therapy if taken correctly, will prevent people who have been exposed from HIV positive people, from contracting the infection. Moreover, if a HIV positive woman who is pregnant, takes proper treatment for the infection, it can greatly reduce the risk of the baby contracting the infection. And lastly, if receiving a blood transfusion, its a good idea to ask the nurse if the blood has been tested for HIV.

Beyond Blogs

This week we were able to elaborate more on other aspects of the professional self. Sponsored market, visual marketing, and appended customer service contract are all key factors to also consider with developing a professional self. Smart speakers like Alexa, in the millennial generation were also noted in the lecture. The Z generation was noted as well to be the first truly digital native group. The class also looked at a number of different Ads, and had class discussions about them. We talked about the strong points, and some things that could have some improvements made to them.

Peer Review #3

For the third peer review, I was assigned Mileys blog, which incorporates both food and travel as on website. I haven’t seen a blog that fits both aspects yet, so it was very interesting and appealing to myself once learning about the basic theme of her blog. The visuals she has added to her home page, along with the general layout of the design she chose, really fit hand in hand with each other. To expand on this, she has a scenic, tranquil photo that takes up most of the home page once you click onto her website. Then, the simple and clean looking layout she chose makes sure to not make the general visual of the website look too crowded. In terms of her general business plan in context, she hasn’t really clarified the locations of the specific meals she has had. For example, on he L.A trip, she posted a variety of foods such as strawberry cheesecake, and pasta carbonara, however none of them mention which restaurant she ate this, which would have been very helpful for people who are interested in gaining more insight on her blog in general. I would suggest aiming better with details and making sure not to miss anything that could be useful to the reader. If she would like to stand out from other food/travel blogs, she should bring her own unique touch. Being different from the crowd is what will make her stand out and be successful in the long run I am sure! Reading about Miley’s reason as to why she travels was very touching, and well thought out. Opening up about travelling to Canada for school and meeting new people as well as experiencing the very different culture present around our society, is a very nice perspective to read about in general. One more suggestion is to include more links within her post as well. I was not able to find any links other than her social media on her posts. Providing links to the restaurants or travel sights she has written and talked about, will help readers navigate more easily in her website. This way they are simply a click away to learning more about what Miley has written about in her blog posts. To conclude, It is very pleasing viewing Mileys magnificent work that she has put into her website, with great visuals, and very fascinating blog posts about food and travel experiences, I suggest her to focus more now on the business aspect of her blog, and to break down, into categories, what her goals are for the future.

Big Data

A more analytical approach was taken this week in classes, to understand an in depth approach at the techniques used like market research, consumer data, and big data are all intertwined into having a successful platform. Taking a look into google analytics will also be helpful, since this gives immediate feedback, into the areas an individual needs to focus and improve on.

Why is it important to learn about HIV ?

This broad question, has many different types of answers that are very important to cover. Firstly, if people are more educated about HIV in general, such as the transmission methods, symptoms, and risk factors, the prevalence can greatly be reduced. Moreover, with more general knowledge gained around the idea of the disease, people will be able to speak more appropriately with victims of HIV. This way, there is consideration shown and respect as well.

Monetize or not to Monetize?

This week the class was able to become more familiarized with monetization strategies. What exactly is the significance of this? its an extremely important marketing tool to help people take a look at the bigger picture, and the competition around them. We learned of the big companies such as Instagram, Netflix, and even amazons approaches used.

Where is HIV most common around the world?

Sub Saharan Africa has the most cases of HIV ( more than half of HIV world population). The next common places below Africa would be Asia and the Pacific. Some reasons as to why Sub Saharan Africa may have the biggest hit of people living with HIV is mostly due to lack of resources available, as ell as the preventative measures that come into play with HIV prevention. Education, safe sex resources, medications available as well are just a few examples of what this region is lacking, thus the numbers correspond with this.

Is there a cure for HIV ?

Currently, unfortunately there are no cures for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. There are many reasons as to why this is the case, which I am hoping to cover in more detail in my later posts. However, the main difficulties associated with HIV is; the high mutation rate present within the virus, the great ability for HIV to hide within our bodies without being detected (due to extremely low levels at some point), and HIV specifically targeting our CD4 T cells These are the bodies main cells to defend the immune system whenever any foreign threat is introduced to the body. There are some cases where some people are astonishingly immune to HIV, and one person called ” the berlin patient” was cured from HIV, yet doctors were unsure exactly how it all happened. I am sure, with further research and maintaining hope to find a cure in the future for HIV, as well as devoted individuals working in the field, one day we will find the cure to this deadly virus that has taken an overwhelmingly high number of lives to date.

Beyond Logos

This weeks class, was very insightful in the sense that we looked at social media platforms, as well as memes, avatars, and in general ways in which people are able to enhance their current websites. I’ve learned about quite a bit of websites in which I am looking forward to viewing, like biteable and visme. I am planning to work on my blog in the next couple weeks and especially focusing more on visuals which I think will add a lot of benefit, information, and creativity!