Honors English 10
THE AIDS OUTBREAK
Who would have ever thought that a disease, possibly brought to America by infected African monkeys, would affect the country forever? This is exactly what happened in the late nineteenth century when the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) was introduced to America. The unpredictable epidemic caused a huge outrage for years to come. The outbreak of the HIV virus, AIDS, in the early 1980’s resulted in medical research, public misconceptions, and ultimately growing awareness.
Appearing first only in homosexual men, AIDS was an unfamiliar virus to the entire United States. Reports of unknown and unexplainable symptoms caused much confusion among patients and even doctors. In 1981, the first reports explained that 41 homosexual men in the San Fransisco area had “...a rare and often rapidly fatal form of cancer” (Altman n.p.). After years of researching these cases and millions of others appearing later in the decade, scientists discovered that it was not cancer they were dealing with. They called it HIV (Human Immune Virus) which leads to AIDS (Acquired Immune deficiency Syndrome) that “...progressively destroys th
In the Middle Ages anyone carrying the "black plague" was to be avoided. ), the misconceptions have been proven to be false. Since the initial outbreak was among gay men it was simply assumed that only gay men could be affected. Most victims have not lived as long as he which is why AIDS has lead to some extensive research. Motivational speakers, like Scott Fried, continue to reach out to teens and adults about AIDS and sex. Information about these subjects can also be found easily, not only at hospitals or doctors"tm offices; but in books, magazines, pamphlets, and even on the internet. It has opened up the public to not only HIVAIDS awareness, but sexual cognizance as well. In this way HIVAIDS had a positive affect on the country. HIV positive, homosexual, male, Scott Fried, said, "Ironically one of the blessings that HIVAIDS has brought me is the abundance of love. Similarly, the public would often avoid people with AIDS. Now even kids are being made aware of the dangers of sex and spreading HIV. evoke an immune system response that will prevent infection or disease development" still has not been found, other treatments have been tested. Now that "AIDS is the second leading cause of death in the United States among people aged 25 to 44" (ARIC n.