Aids Research Paper

1430 Words Jul 18th, 2010 6 Pages
Throughout the history of time, there have been diseases that have altered the environment of communities, societies, and the world. Some of these diseases were more catastrophic than others, however all are important to understanding how to prevent and prevail over these illnesses. One of the most preeminent diseases of our world today is the epidemic of AIDS. As a consistent killer throughout the world, AIDS has become an immediate concern to agencies and governments worldwide. In response, there are numerous international organizations that have been established to learn more about preventing, tracking, and treating the disease. Through extensive research and analysis, AIDS researchers are making gradual breakthroughs to benefit …show more content…
Within this HIV incidence, there are several categories of people which are more susceptible than others. By far the most vulnerable to the disease are “gay and bisexual men who made up more than two thirds (68%) of all men living with HIV in 2005” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Of all the men in the United States to contract the disease, almost 7 out every 10 people were homosexual or bisexual. The reason that homosexual males are more likely to contract HIV is due to “the challenge of maintaining safer-sex behaviors, the assumption that one is HIV-negative, undestimates of personal risk factors, and stigma” (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). Even though there are many gay men who are aware of this vulnerability, there needs to be a much more universal understanding of the risks in order to protect and prevent the overall population. Beyond the United States, there are several other places in the world where the struggle against AIDS is much more drastic. Throughout the world today, there are over 30.8 million adults and 2 million children that were HIV positive at the beginning of 2008 (Avert.Org). Consider the number infected with HIV within the United States to the amount worldwide, the comparison is incomprehensible. In 2007 alone, there were almost 2.7 million people infected with HIV worldwide (Avert.Org). Now compare the United States’ HIV incidence rate of 56,300 people to the worldwide total of 2.7 million. This is

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