Hiv Aids : A Growing Aids Essay

713 Words Apr 23rd, 2016 3 Pages
There is a growing HIVAIDS epidemic in South Florida, in which two of its most popular cities rank No.1 and No.2 in the country with the highest HIVAIDS rate. It is also the number one killer among blacks and men who sleep with men in Florida as well. In 2012 the state saw 4,512 new cases of HIV infections. The number has increased every year since then. New cases last year totaled 6,240, the highest since 2002. Miami-Dade and Broward together account for 38 percent of that total. Since 2012, HIVAIDS has declined across the United States but, in Florida the disease has risen every year since then. (Kathleen McGrory, 2016). Approximately 15 Floridians become infected with HIV every day. According to the state and federal database Miami-Dade and Broward were Nos. 1 and 2 in the U.S. in new HIV infections in 2014 per 100,000 residents. Due to budget cuts in the state the health department programs was among the first to go. Reductions in the Department of Health’s HIV program have hampered prevention, and that has led to a rise in cases of HIVAIDS in Florida. Since the state’s health departments have been taking cuts, and schools not teaching a significant amount education and prevention methods of the disease. Educating our youth on this deadly disease is one solution to this epidemic. Sex education is taught in schools, but not enough information is taught on the subject. Abstinence is a sure way of preventing the spread of this deadly outbreak. Most teens and young adults…

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