Compare And Contrast The Great Plague Of 1665

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The Great Plague of 1665 and the emergence of HIV/AIDS are similar and different in a variety of ways. Some ways that these two outbreaks differ is that HIV/AIDS affect people globally while the plague was centralized mainly in Europe and central Asia, different hosts or agents were responsible for the outbreaks and affected the body differently, and that the governments of the infected areas responded to the outbreak differently. Various ways that caused the two outbreaks to be similar was that a scapegoat was sought after during both outbreaks and that many beliefs were viewed lesser after the initial exposure to the virus and disease to the people. Many scientists and historians feel that HIV/AIDS was more harmful to the population to the …show more content…
The plague occurred around every 20 years with one of the first large outbreaks happening in the Justinian Empire in 540s. The bubonic plague was one of three forms of bacterial infections caused by the Yersinia Pestis. Only in a matter of days, a person will develop flu-like symptoms and be fully infected with the plague. These symptoms include fever, chills, seizures, gangrene, muscle cramps, headaches, and vomiting. The plague was an infection of the lymphatic system caused by the bite of a flea. The person with the plague will soon develop swollen lymph nodes in the areas closest to where the disease entered the person which was usually the groin, neck, or armpits. The fleas were carried by rats which were the fleas host. The fleas would seek out other hosts when its rodent host died. The bacteria are harmless to the flea allowing the new host to spread the bacteria. The bacteria form aggregates in the gut of infected fleas and this results in the flea regurgitating ingested blood, which is now infected, into the bite site of a rodent or human host. The plague spread rapidly throughout Europe due to the poor living conditions and the rats would flourish in unclean living quarters. Only the elite had the cleanest living quarters which were not the safest environments according to today 's …show more content…
Religious conservatives felt that God was angry and wanted to punish a certain group. In the case of HIV/AIDS, the conservatives blamed homosexuals and thought that God punished them with the virus for their un-Christian like activities. Several gay men in Southern California were the first to be diagnosed with HIV so gay men were inevitably the blame for the virus. Some researchers examined the so-called ‘gay lifestyle ' in hopes of finding the causation of the virus. This led to the formation of the acronym GRID which means Gay Related Immune Deficiency in 1982. Later that year, the Center for Disease Control debunked the theory of a gay lifestyle and the media began to use the phrases ‘gay cancer ' or ‘gay bug ' more than ever. More heterosexual men became diagnosed with HIV mainly in Africa and found that it was transmitted mainly through heterosexual sex. After the initial outbreak in the 1980s, homosexuality in the United States was kept undercover leading to various government programs such as ‘Don 't Ask Don 't Tell. ' The scapegoat during the plague were Jewish people. The Protestant and Catholic Christians disliked how the Jewish community stayed mostly to themselves and kept their money circulating within their community. Jews in Europe faced constant discrimination mainly due to the religious differences they shared with the majority of the population. During

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