Informe de progreso del VIH: ¿Nos acercamos a una cura

The first thing I want to say is that there are two types of virus. There’s the viral type which causes flu like symptoms, and then there’s the bacterial type which causes similar symptoms but with different bacteria inside them. The difference between these viruses is how they infect your body. Viruses usually cause a fever, headache, sore throat, muscle pain and sometimes vomiting or diarrhea. Bacteria usually cause no symptoms at all, and if they do, it’s not because they’re harmful. Viruses are spread through direct contact with infected bodily fluids (like blood or saliva) from someone who has been bitten by one of those things. Bacteria can be transmitted directly by coughing or sneezing on someone who has them, while viruses can be passed through close physical contact with other people who have them.

There are three main ways to get a virus: through direct contact with infected bodily fluids, by touching contaminated surfaces, or by breathing in their air. Of course there are many others.

So far we’ve only talked about the ones that can be transmitted through direct contact with infected bodily fluids. Now let’s talk about the other two types of viruses that can be transferred via surfaces or breathing in their air. These types can be viruses that survive for a long time outside the human host, or they can be viruses that can only survive outside the body for a short time, but they both have one thing in common: they’re not only air-born, they’re also able to survive on surfaces for a long time. Viruses of this type can be acquired by touching a contaminated surface.

Viruses use the host’s cells to reproduce and multiply, however, as they do this, the host’s immune system fights back. Before long, the virus causes so much damage to your body that it triggers an autoimmune response which is when your body begins attacking itself because it sees itself as a threat.

At this point you experience flu-like symptoms, and you probably have a number of other symptoms as well. During this time your immune system is working in overdrive trying to get rid of the virus. It begins producing a lot of antibodies to fight the virus off and it works very well at first, but as your body continues to break down, so does your immune system and eventually it’s not strong enough to fight off the virus.

Finally the virus completely takes over your body, and your organs begin to shut down. Once this happens the virus begins altering your brain to use your body to spread itself to other hosts.

This is when you become one of them. The virus has won.

There are three ways to treat—not cure—the virus. The oldest method is to give the patient a transfusion of human blood.

The virus that’s attacking the patient is of a type that the human blood can actually fight off and keep it in check. This is relatively rare for two reasons. One, you need to find someone with the right type of blood, and two, you have to find them fast because you need so much of it. The second way to treat the virus is less common because it’s much more expensive. It requires giving the patient a transfusion of something else, namely a synthetic serum that strengthens the immune system and keeps the virus in check. The third way, and the one that everyone prefers because it actually works, is to give the patient a transfusion of non-human blood. This can be everything from normal animal blood to goblin blood.

The problem with these second two options is twofold. First, you need to find someone with the right blood (or in the second option, the right type of synthetic serum), and second, you have to find them in time.

In both cases, once the patient’s organs begin to shut down, death is almost certain.

The first option is definitely the cheapest, but also the most difficult. You need to find a blood donor with the right type of blood very quickly.

The second option, the synthetic serum, is more common than the first for that very reason. Companies that produce these serums try to keep a good amount of stock available at all times to immediately treat new cases.

Finding one might not be too difficult, but according to your map there aren’t any in the immediate area. You’re going to have to head deeper into the city hoping that one of the medical centers has some in stock.

The third option is to track down a hospital or medical center that has some non-human blood, the rarer the species, the better. The problem with this option is you don’t have too much time and you’re not sure if non-human blood will even help you.

Whatever you decide, you need to act quickly. You haven’t been feeling well the past few hours and your skin is beginning to feel warm.

It feels a bit weird, but you need to head towards the stadium. You remember there being a small hospital near there, so you might be able to find some medical help there.

You get in your car and put your bag in the backseat. After checking to make sure you have your keys, you start the ignition.

As you drive, you begin to feel a bit dizzy. You’re not sure if its because of the road having a tendency to bend or if it’s actually you.

You open your window a bit in hopes of relieving yourself of the nausea. After about fifteen minutes, you arrive at your destination.

You notice that there aren’t too many people around and most of the ones you do see look like they’re either sick, dazed, or covered in blood. You get out of your car, but you’re finding it hard to keep your balance.

You steady yourself and walk towards the hospital’s entrance. You press the elevator button, but it doesn’t work. You fear you might be trapped if it doesn’t open. You look over at the stairs and begin walking towards them when you feel something wet on your arm. You look and see blood dripping from your nose. This makes you worry that the virus may already be working its way through your body. You try to keep yourself from panicking and go to the stairs.

You take them two at a time despite your balance not being the best. Your ears start to ring and you begin sweating profusely.

You take off your jacket, but it only makes you feel hotter. The ringing in your ears is soon replaced by a loud buzzing sound. You get to the third floor and the buzzing sound stops. However, you’re having trouble standing and you can’t see too well. You press onward hoping you find what you’re looking for soon.

When you reach the door to the hospital, it’s locked. Through the glass doors, you can see that there are dead bodies on the other side.

You don’t know if they’re patients or doctors, but you’re too weak to try to move them. You go back downstairs and decide to try find another way in.

You try the emergency exit, but it’s also locked.

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