|Sizes||Giantmicrobes are based on actual microbes, cells, organisms and other critters, only 1,000,000 times actual size!
Gigantic (GG) 40-60cm
XL (XL) 25-38cm
Original (PD) 12-20cm
Minis (MM) 5-10cm each
Keychain (KC) 5-10cm with clip
|Materials||Plush from all new materials. Stuffed with polyester fiber fill. Surface washable: sponge with water & soap, air dry.|
|Packaging||Each plush microbe includes a printed card with fun, educational and fascinating facts about the actual microbe or cell.|
|Safety||Every product meets or exceeds U.S. and European standards for safety. For ages 3 and up.|
All about HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
|Name||When the virus was first discovered, each research group called it by a different name. In 1987, the U.S. and France agreed to a common name for the virus, Human Immunodeficiency Virus. That’s diplomacy in action!|
|Actual Size||About 120 nanometers, that’s 400 thousand times smaller than a golf ball!|
|Where It Lives||HIV is a virus that attacks the white blood cells and impairs the immune system in humans. It spreads from person-to-person through contact with infected blood, during unprotected sex, or from pregnant mothers to their babies.|
|Symptoms||It causes fever, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, rashes, diarrhea, and swollen lymph glands. If it goes untreated, it results in Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS. People who suffer from AIDS have damaged immune systems, leaving them susceptible to infections that a healthy immune system could normally fight off.|
|Cure||Antiretroviral therapy, or ART, is a combination of drugs used to keep the virus from multiplying.|
|History||In 1984, in the midst of an HIV epidemic, research groups from the University of California, San Francisco in the U.S. and the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France independently identified the virus.
1979: The first known outbreak occurred in Los Angeles and New York.
2015: HIV outbreak occurred in Indiana County, Indiana.
|Fascinating Facts||Scientists believe that the virus evolved from a chimpanzee variant called simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV, when humans became exposed to contaminated blood and meat.
Thanks to medical advancements, early therapy for HIV can prevent the onset of AIDS. Former LA Lakers player, Magic Johnson, has been living with HIV for over 20 years!
Famous people who died of it:
1987: Liberace, a famous pianist and entertainer from the 1950’s through 1970’s.
1992: Anthony Perkins, actor and singer known for playing Norman Bates in Psycho.
1992: Robert Reed, television actor known for his role as Mike Brady in the Brady Bunch.