Essay by Anonymous UserHigh School, 10th gradeA+, September 1996

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Acquired Deficiency Disease is a deadly disease that has claimed many lives, both young and old,

across our nation and throughout the world. Due to the lack of education concerning this disease, many myths as to how AIDS is contracted is spread. Contrary to what people believe, there are many precautions that can be taken to to avoid becoming infected. Furthermore, people who are already infected by the HIV virus need not suffer alone. The purpose of this paper is to point out some of the myths concerning AIDS, to provide information regarding some of the precautions that can be taken to prevent contracting AIDS, and to present some places that AID victims can go for help.

First, I will try to present some of the myths and some of the actual facts surrounding AIDS. Some tend to believe that it is spread by kissing, touching toilet seats, and even that it is spread by mosquitoes.

AIDS has also been labeled the disease of homosexual men. These are all false beliefs,proven through many scientific studies. Hemophiliacs have contracted AIDS, after having been giving transfusions of blood which was contaminated with the HIV virus. Drug addicts have been infected through the intravenous injection of drugs with "second hand" or dirty needles used by someone who carried the HIV virus. Prostitutes contract and spread AIDS through sexual activity with several different partners without knowing their partners' sexual history. This in turn, leads to the spread of the disease throughout the heterosexual community. Innocent infants are victims of the disease, born by mothers who are infected with AIDS. It is, of course, true that homosexuals do spread the disease. However, to label AIDS a "gay disease" is nothing less than ludicrous.

There are certain precautions...