The AIDS Epidemic By Leigha Miller
AIDS <ul><ul><li>Throughout 1982, the number of cases of AIDS had been rising steadily, the gay community being affected t...
AIDS <ul><ul><li>It was finally stated on May 24 by the Department of Health and Human Services that AIDS had become the f...
AIDS <ul><ul><li>The diagnosis of AIDS was considered to be a death sentence.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AIDS cases h...
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  1. 1. The AIDS Epidemic By Leigha Miller
  2. 2. AIDS <ul><ul><li>Throughout 1982, the number of cases of AIDS had been rising steadily, the gay community being affected the most. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the third quarter of 1982, only 15 AIDS stories appeared in the nation's leading newspapers and news magazines. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The number jumped to 30 in December, following two reports from the Centers for Disease Control. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On December 9, the CDC announced that a child diagnosed with AIDS had received a blood transfusion from an adult victim </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On December 17, its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report detailed several instances of &quot;Unexplained Immunodeficiency and Opportunistic Infections in Infants—New York, New Jersey, California&quot;; the babies had all been born to IV (intravenous) drug users. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. AIDS <ul><ul><li>It was finally stated on May 24 by the Department of Health and Human Services that AIDS had become the federal government's top medical priority. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Given the syndrome's virulence in breaking down the body's immune system, most doctors believed their work would not be easy and finding a treatment could take years. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The fear in panic grew in everyone; those with and without AIDS. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. AIDS <ul><ul><li>The diagnosis of AIDS was considered to be a death sentence. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AIDS cases had risen to 3,064; of these, 1,292 had died. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The decade's major distinctive health issue, AIDS, was also the most devastating: By June 1989 nearly 106,000 cases had been reported, of which 61,000 had died. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As treatments improved, so did public acceptance of the disease—and, gradually, of homosexuality, although gays still suffered prejudice from their initial unwilling association with the epidemic. </li></ul></ul>

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