- Very good essay.
Acquired Immune Difficiency Syndrome
AIDS is a life and death issue. To have the AIDS diseas 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 in10 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 hideously lethal disease. In this essay I hope to present this
information. History and Overview
AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Defficiency Disease. It is caused by a virus.
disease originated somewhere in Africa about 20 years ago. There it first appeared as a
mysterious ailment afflicting primarily heterosexuals of both sexes. It probably was
spread especially fast by primarily 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 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...