RENT and the AIDS Epidemic The movie RENT was released in 2005 but is actually set in late 1989/early 1990, which was arguably the peak of the AIDS epidemic in the United States and also a time which having the disease was basically a death sentence. While the first outbreak was reported in 1981 very little was actually known about the disease. Upon the outbreak, HIV and AIDS was seen and known (wrongly) as a “gay mans disease” because many gay men had been diagnosed with the type of cancer that became a direct link to the then unnamed virus-HIV. As the years have progressed, more is known however many people are still incredibly uneducated and ignorant to the disease today. After the outbreak, many organizations formed to help those affected by the disease in some way. The first organization, Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) was started in New York City in 1982. The organization worked to end the AIDS epidemic by addressing issues of discrimination, bankruptcy, housing etc. The team also worked as a support system through services obtainable for HIV-positive victims as well as their loved ones. The services connect those infected with others, who were facing the same disease and provided support from family and friends. In the movie, the group of friends it follows (both those with the disease and those without) attend these support group meetings. In 1985 the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) organized a conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference, later to become known as “The International AIDS Conference” became an annual event that to this day remains in affect. The conference opened the door for a worldwide discussion and prevention of the deadly disease. Over the next several years, after its beginning days, conferences were held all over the world and are still held today in hopes of creating awareness and prevention. With every conference, more is done and more hope is created for
Aids Epidemic in Africa
Over 30 million people worldwide have been infected with the HIV-AIDS virus. With such high numbers, the troubling fact is that 95% of those cases permeate Africa. Obviously AIDS cannot be cured or reversed in any sense, however with proper insight and treatment it can be controlled. The means for proper treatment is exactly what Africa lacks, in comparison to other regions. Nearly 2.3 million deaths occurred in 2003 within the sub-Saharan region of Africa.The efforts….
HIV/AIDs is a huge epidemic still plaguing society today. The lack of knowledge and technical advances has caused an increasing number of cases. It has made its way around the world since the 1940s, causing countries to join together in the fight against AIDs. With all the campaigning that has been done the numbers of cases continue to rise. Countries have separated the disease into three patterns to make it easier to distinguish the effects that AIDs has on different regions….
be Concerned with the AIDS Epidemic in Africa
“2000 began with 24 million Africans infected with the virus. In the absence of a medical miracle, nearly all will die before 2010. Each day, 6,000 Africans die from AIDS. Each day, an additional 11,000 are infected.” Even though we live in America, we still have the right to protect others and ourselves and have somewhat of an obligation to help everyone, even those in Africa, out. We should be concerned with the AIDS epidemic in Africa because if….
disease. The AIDS epidemic continues to be
incurable. In an essay written by David Herlihy, entitled
"Bubonic Plague: Historical Epidemiology and the Medical
Problems," the historic bubonic plague is compared with
the current AIDS epidemic of today. According to his
research, AIDS will probably prove to be the plague of the
millennium (Herlihy p. 18). If one compares the
epidemiology and social impact of these diseases they
prove to be quite similar. The current AIDS epidemic has
since all of the chaos with the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, it has drastically changed for the better in some cases. It’s mainly sexually transmitted, but in some cases today it’s mainly spread from drug users using unsanitary needles and equipment. Also, according to the CDC, around half of the cases being evaluated are of gay and bisexual men. Cases are more noticeable in the Southern and Eastern states. A lot has changed over the years and the topic of HIV/AIDS is unfortunately not talked about….
South Africa and the Aids Epidemic
Political Chaos and Denial among the responsible … Where is the South African Government?…And what about the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers?... There is no surprise for the US reaction…
Nowhere in the world is the HIV/AIDS epidemic more widespread than the continent of Africa. For South Africa, political disturbance and government denial has fed an epidemic that has reached catastrophic proportions. As the numbers of infected and dead continue to rise, the impact….
Los Angeles, which was later determined to be AIDS-related. Since that time, tens of millions of people have been infected with HIV worldwide. This global epidemiology of HIV/AIDS is evolving in low and middle income countries. Women and adolescent females in Sub-Saharan Africa are more at risk of HIV due to an extreme number of complex biological, behavioral and structural factors. HIV infection among women primarily drives the pediatric HIV epidemic. Postnatal transmission of HIV during breastfeeding….
I watched the live production of “RENT”. The biggest issue in the musical “RENT” was that, everyone was poor, and HIV positive, and was struggling to survive in Alphabet City in Manhattan, New York. They were all young musical artist. The musical “RENT” showed how times can be hard for people, and some don’t notice due to the fact that they have everything they need in life, like money. One of the characters in the musical use to be a part of the group and then later on forgot his morals and where….
April 20, 2014
A few weeks ago, I went to see the musical Rent written by Jonathon Larson. The musical has been re made many times as it is a very popular musical. This re make was directed by Pierre Jacques-Brauit. While on my way to Cuyahoga Community College-Western campus, I became extremely enthusiastic as I had high expectations of the performance. However, after watching the two and a half hour production, I was utterly disappointed….
creating long lasing unequal power structures, which hurt these nations ability to effectively govern and develop. In the early stages of the HIV/AIDS crisis, the effect of the virus was ubiquitously debilitating across the developed and underdeveloped nations, yet as they began to find treatments the developed countries have disproportionally benefited from HIV/AIDS treatment.….