The Great Plague Of 1665 And The Emergence Of Hiv / Aids Essay

1156 Words Dec 4th, 2016 5 Pages
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 world population due to its wide range. Although, some historians view the plague as a worse outbreak due to the frequent reoccurrences and the lethality of the disease.
The emergence of HIV/AIDS led to a large range of emotions across the United States and the world in the 1980s. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus spread through certain body fluids that attack the body 's immune system. HIV destroys the CD4 cells in the body and once the cells are fully destroyed, the body can no longer fight off infections and diseases. The CD4 cells are meant to strengthen the immune system and fight off the infectious diseases. There is currently no effective cure for HIV, but with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. If untreated,…

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