Hiv/Aids Essay

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May 21, 2012
Faye Flanagan

Social issues facing HIV/AIDS today are as diverse as the people that are affected by the disease. Advocating for a large group of people takes action at the macro human service practice. The goals and intervention strategies will be similar to micro human service and will involve the same strategies to bring justice to human rights for all members of society. One strategy is including a broader range of other diversity in research in gender studies, including gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people (GLBT). Men and GLBT people have not been addressed in mainstream research. These groups make up a large contingent of the population that is affected with HIV/AIDS today. Education through studies of these groups will help give the public a clearer picture on how to help make a difference in the future. When men come to the understanding that they are victimized by traditional gender roles and gender-biased social norms, just as women are, they become part of the solution and help women change these gender-biased norms and values (Ghajarieh & Kow, 2011). Education is a key to opening the minds of individuals who have little contact with people that have HIV/AIDS. The publics’ knowledge of the disease is gender-biased. Most people are under the idea that it still is a gay man’s or poor person’s disease. HIV/AIDS has affected all ages, every race, and economic situations in every country. Knowledge through programs that put the spotlight on who is affected will give people a better idea on how to help. Education starts at an early age in school where children can be exposed to how HIV/AIDS in impacting their world today. Another intervention strategy is about giving empowerment to those affected by the disease. The social work practice setting needs to be open up for engaging dialogue with individuals and large groups within a safe environment and a positive attitude ( Suk-hee, 2010). Social workers can achieve greater results with the power of positive approach. Empowering people through group counseling helps many people realize that they are not alone. By working together the group can achieve more. HIV/AIDS first appeared in the homosexual/bisexual community in various urban centers in North America and spread rapidly in these groups. HIV/AIDS first emerged in North America among homosexual and bisexual men and is still more common in that group most of the AIDS services have been geared to gay men, leaving women without adequate support and/or treatment. In the past few years, pharmaceutical companies have developed medications that slow down the effects of HIV/AIDS. When the disease first came out in the United States, everyone was afraid to breathe around the patients with HIV/AIDS or who had been exposed to the patients at all because they thought it might be contagious, which they were proven wrong because it’s not contagious at all. No one has to be afraid to get close to the patients who have the disease. The only way you can get the disease is through sexual contact with the patient or a contaminated needle used on the patient or sharing needles (as in drug addicts). Since no one knows who has the disease, without extensive testing, everyone seems suspected of having the disease until proven differently because of how people had felt about the disease. To me, this is ridiculous, but one can understand the reasoning behind it, but now that I know how what when I may or others can contact the disease. It is best to be safe than sorry. African Americans suffer from negative sexual health outcomes at greatly disproportionate rates, with young women and young men who have sex with men particularly at risk. A common misconception is that young African Americans simply are not as careful as whites in protecting their sexual and reproductive (Dubois- 2012) Nearly half a million people in the United States are living with HIV or AIDS. Although...
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