Jake O’Shea Aids in USA
Level of Crisis in United States of America
AIDS is an epidemic that has been treated like every other disease in history. Since the beginning of the HIV and AIDS epidemic well over half a million people have died of AIDS in the United States of America. Many people think the United States is home of the most modern and developed society in the world. Yet, this society remains flawed in that its reaction to disease mirrors that of Medieval Times. Although this a society that can build anything and go anywhere, the basic fears of mankind are almost entirely the same as the dark ages. It is true that we are faced with bigger and uglier problems. However, we still try to find scapegoats for these problems instead of trying to understand them. In the US today, AIDS directly affects thousands of gay and bisexual men as well as injecting drug users. Even those these transactions are very preventable, it is hard to tell addicted drug users as well as men who are only attracted to other men to simply stop a part of their lifestyle. Aids have also spread to a large amount of people in the African American and Hispanic/Latino communities. In the African American community, the primary reason people will get infected with AIDS is from have sex with a man. In Latin and Hispanic American communities the risk for AIDS is extremely high. It is said that roughly 1 in every 52 Hispanic/Latino Americans will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. The Wealth status of people in the USA also determines the likelihood of HIV infection. In America's poorest urban neighborhoods HIV prevalence was 2.1 percent among heterosexuals, or more than 4 times the national average. Higher HIV risk within poor areas is primarily because of limited access to healthcare and other basic services, which leads to high rates for substance abuse such as drugs, sharing needles, etc....
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