Rhetoric1302-007

February 12, 2010

AIDS in America

Filed under: Uncategorized — toryjohnson30 @ 5:47 pm

HIV/AIDS hasn’t come up in the news much lately, but the amount of people living in the U.S. who have this disease is increasing dramatically. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that causes AIDS, which is a condition where the immune system fails, leading to no protection against opportunistic infections. The focus on battling HIV has been in Africa where about 2/3 of people living with this disease reside. But in places such as Washington D.C. there is a higher prevalence of HIV in the population than in Ethiopia, Rwanda or Nigeria. As shown in this graph (http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content-nw/full/NEJMp1000069v1/F2) there are many areas that are highly affected by HIV. This leads me to believe more needs to be done about this problem. We need to start focusing on curing the problem in our own country, and this can be done by people realizing that HIV is a very great threat to our health. Once the people start acting like it is a very big problem, we can commence more research related to HIV and get closer to curing this viral infection once and for all.

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