<ul><li>HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a retro virus that attacks the body’s T-cells, the cells responsible for the immune system. </li></ul><ul><li>Left untreated, HIV can turn into AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.) </li></ul><ul><li>When large numbers of T-cells are damaged, the body can no longer fight off even the simplest of infections. </li></ul><ul><li>The severe damage to the immune system causes the sufferer to contract multiple diseases that eventually will be fatal. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The first AID cases was reported in San Diego in 1982 but doctors that where treating a group of young gay men for a rare form of cancer that usually effects older people. Because of the prevalence in the gay community, the disease was called by many GRID (Gay Related Immune Deficiency.) One of the leading organizations raising awareness for the disease was the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) which helped educate gay men in the Chelsea area of New York learn more about the disease. </li></ul>
The number of people living with HIV is higher than ever before At 4%, DC has the highest percentage of known HIV infected people in the nation. Although African Americans only make up 13% of people living in the united states, they made up nearly half (46%) of the HIV cases in 2007 81% of all AIDS cases in DC are among African- Americans.
<ul><li>The number of people living with HIV increases every year because personalized drug treatments have increased the life span of people with HIV. If less and less people are dying of HIV, then the percentage of people living with the disease will go up. </li></ul><ul><li>4% doesn’t seem like a lot, but according to the Center for Disease Control, a population has reached a “generalized and severe” epidemic when 1% of the population has become infected. </li></ul>
The cost of HIV antiretroviral drugs is very high but because of the dangers of the disease, HIV treatment is free for sufferers. People living with HIV however must follow strict medication regimens so the medications can work. For many people, it is not always easy to stick to their regimens, so many clinics provide treatment adherence programs to help their clients
<ul><li>As seen before DC has a very high rate of HIV. The whole purpose I did this was because Howard University is predominantly black and also the rate of HIV in blacks is very high. So while going to school here we don’t know who is who. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People are scared to get tested because somehow they believe they cannot have the disease, esp. minorities. Minority males are less likely to identify themselves as gay or bisexual, so they are more likely to participate in risky behaviors. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Some people are just ignorant about the issue, they don’t know the facts. </li></ul><ul><li>We need to get tested in order to be safer. </li></ul>
Every student should get tested before starting school. We all have to take other medical test before enrollment in schools, so why not make HIV test mandatory. This way those who are afraid have to take it, and those who have it and not know will know. Your results don’t have to affect whether or not you get accepted into the college, it doesn’t even have to be given to you if you don’t want to. This way, we know h
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