AIDS And YOU


(May 1987)
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Introduction:

AIDS is a life and death issue. To have the AIDS disease is at
present a sentence of slow but inevitable death. I've already lost one
friend to AIDS. I may soon lose others. My own sexual behavior and that of
many of my friends has been profoundly altered by it. In my part of the
country, one man in 10 may already be carrying the AIDS virus. While the
figures may currently be less in much of the rest of the country, this is
changing rapidly. There currently is neither a cure, nor even an effective
treatment, and no vaccine either. But there are things that have been
PROVEN immensely effective in slowing the spread of this ...

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it is estimated that
over twenty percent of the adults currently carry the virus. That figure
is increasing. And what occurred there will, if no cure is found, most
likely occur here among heterosexual folks.

AIDS was first seen as a disease of gay males in this country.
This was a result of the fact that gay males in this culture in the days
before AIDS had an average of 200 to 400 new sexual contacts per year.
This figure was much higher than common practice among heterosexual
(straight) men or women. In addition, it turned out that rectal sex was a
particularly effective way to transmit the disease, and rectal sex is a
common practice among gay males. For these reasons, the disease spread in
the gay male population of this country immensely more quickly than in
other populations. It became to be thought of as a "gay disease". Because
the disease is spread primarily by exposure of ones blood to infected
blood or semen, I.V. drug addicts who shared needles also soon ...

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to belong to the rare group of virues called "Retro
Viruses". Research provided the means to test donated blood for the
presence of the antibodies to the virus, astronomically reducing the
chance of ones getting AIDS from a blood transfusion. This was one of the
first real breakthroughs. The same discoveries that allowed us to make our
blood bank blood supply far safer also allowed us to be able to tell (in
most cases) whether one has been exposed to the AIDS virus using a simple
blood test.

The Types of AIDS Infection:

When the AIDS virus gets into a person's body, the results can be
broken down into three general types of situations: AIDS disease, ARC,
and asymptomatic seropositive ...

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