Essay on Discrimination Agaist People With AIDS

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Discrimination has grown over the years to become a major problem around the world. There are many different issues that discrimination addresses; one of the main issues assesses HIV/AIDS. Many people who are infected with the disease are discriminated against due to a predicament that they have no control of after they have been diagnosed. In various instances, ambulance workers are not transporting AIDS patients to the hospital, and funeral-parlor employees refuse to handle the bodies of AIDS victims who died. Firefighters in various communities in the United States use a special plastic shield when performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Do the victims of AIDS have to contend with these conditions of life threatening …show more content…
The political activism of the gay male population in the 1980s and early 1990s made significant progress towards educating American society about limiting the risk of disease transmission through safe-sex practices and clean-needle exchanges, combating discrimination of people with AIDS (PWAs) and homosexuals, and ensuring that adequate health care was provided for PWAs. There have been instances of discrimination against gays in housing, jobs, and insurance policies, and gay rights have been made political issues in some local elections. In 1985, Houston mayor Kathy Whitmire was reelected after her opponent gave views on gay lifestyles and the spread of pornography and made a remark that was accidentally broadcast live on television: one way to attack AIDS in Houston would be to "shoot the Queers". In 1986, a bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, employment, or public facilities, was passed in New York City. In other communities, older laws against sodomy have been used against gays, in order to stop the spread of AIDS. Such laws exist in about half the states of the United States but rarely been enforced. After AIDS was named and defined during the summer of 1982, state health officials began through legislation of regulation to require that cases of AIDS be reported to state health departments. Currently, nearly all states

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