Aids 4


AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Disease. It is caused by a virus.
The disease originated somewhere in Africa about 30 years ago. There it first appeared as a mysterious ailment afflicting primarily heterosexuals of both sexes. It probably was spread primarily by female prostitutes there. AIDS has already become a crisis of staggering proportions in parts of Africa. In Zaire, 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 people.
AIDS was first seen as a disease of gay males in this country. This was a result of the fact that ...

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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 were soon identified as an affected group. As the AIDS epidemic began to affect increasingly large fractions of those two populations (gay males and IV drug abusers), many of the rest of this society looked on smugly, for both populations tended to be despised by the "mainstream" of society here.
But AIDS is also spread by heterosexual sex. In addition, it is spread by blood transfusions. Newborn babies can acquire the disease from infected mothers during pregnancy. Gradually more and more "mainstream" people got the disease. Most recently, a member of congress died of the disease. Finally, even the national news media began to join in the task of educating the public to the notion that AIDS can affect everyone.
Basic medical research began to provide a few bits of information, and some help. The virus causing the ...

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the “disease” if one contracts particular varieties (Pneumocystis, for example) of pneumonia, or one of several particular varieties of otherwise rare cancers (Kaposi's Sarcoma, for example). This “disease” is inevitably fatal. Death occurs often after many weeks or months of expensive and painful hospital care. Most people with the disease can transmit it to others by sexual contact or other exposure of an uninfected person's blood to the blood or semen of the infected person.

There is also a condition referred to as ARC ("Aids Related Complex"). In this situation, one is infected with the AIDS virus and one's immune system is compromised, but not so much so that one gets the ...

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