Essay about The Human Immunodeficiency Virus Or Hiv

2051 Words Dec 14th, 2016 9 Pages
In around the early 1980’s, the United States was struck with a startling and baffling epidemic that is, today, known as the human immunodeficiency virus or HIV. This virus, ultimately, regresses into the acquired immune deficiency syndrome, also known as AIDS. This disease ultimately renders the body’s immune system defenseless and causes the human body to succumb to outside pathogens due to the body’s inability to fight off foreign pathogens. The disease has had a harrowing effect on numerous individuals since the 1980’s, however, the African-American/Black populations in the United States have had and continue to have an exacerbated rate of HIV infection, especially African-American men who have sex with men (MSM). According to the Kaiser Family foundation, African Americans make up only 12% of the United States population, but account for about 44% of the new HIV infections in the United States. In addition to that, about half of the 1.1 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS in the United States currently are Black. These statistics are, without a doubt, startling as they convey a very clear and discriminatory path the virus takes, as many of its sufferers are African-American. Nevertheless, at the time these statistics were released, it remained a mystery just exactly how and why the African-American community in the United States is so adversely affected. To an extent, African-Americans were participating in the same activities as their white counterparts as well as…

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