4900 people die from HIV/AIDS on a daily basis. HIV and AIDS can effect anyone, of any race, age or sexuality. For an illness that is so talked about, it is hard to comprehend that it's only been around since the 1980s. So how exactly did AIDS come about? Soon, I will explain to you a couple of different theories on how AIDS originated. According to the Williams Institute, there are roughly 9 million Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. That's about the population of New Jersey. How many of you know someone who is gay? So most/all of you. And just as you probably know, they are just like everyone else. We all have the same necessities, we breath the same air and we're deserving of the same rights. Now, imagine if our government created a disease to eliminate these very people that we encounter every day. This would be considered a genocide. No better than the nazis during the holocaust or the Hutus in the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi people. Our government acting in such a way seems unfathomable. Throughout my speech I will touch upon what exactly AIDS is and the most commonly accepted theory on how it came to existence. Lastly, I'll explain to you how the genocide I previously told you to imagine was actually attempted by the US government.
What is AIDS?
We've heard about it since we were old enough to learn about sex, maybe even before that, but many people couldn't explain what exactly the illness called AIDS is. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and is defined by the National Institute of Health as a disease, resulting from HIV, in which there is a severe loss of the body's cellular immunity, greatly lowering the resistance to infection and malignancy. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) destroys the white blood cells that are crucial to maintaining the function of the human immune system. This causes the infected person to be less equipped to fight off infection and disease. This ultimately leads to the...
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