HIV/AIDS and the affects it has on African American Women
The origin of AIDS and HIV has puzzled scientists ever since the illness first came to light in the early 1980s. For over twenty years it has been the subject of fierce debate and the cause of countless arguments, with everything from a promiscuous flight attendant to a suspect vaccine program being blamed. So what is the truth? Just where did Acquired Immunodeficiency Disease (AIDS) come from?
In the early 1980’s gay men were developing rare or incurable diseases that were unexplainable. At this time there was no common name for the disease that so many gay men seemed to be suffering from. What was this disease? Where did it come from? Scientist and doctors had to get to work and find the origins of where such a strange and unusual disease was coming from.
It did not take long for scientist and doctors to connect that all of the gay men were suffering from the same disease. Soon after the connection was made, doctors and scientist discovered what is known today as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). It was later discovered that HIV caused AIDS.
It has now been many years since the first documented cases of AIDS were discovered in the United States. Not only has the disease affected gay men but it has impacted the world and affected thousands of people. AIDS has no specific gender, race, age or culture. It is not a disease that has only destroyed countries in Africa. AIDS is an epidemic that has destroyed many people. One group in particular is contracting and dealing with the disease at an alarming rate. African American women are contracting the disease 15 times higher than that of their white counter parts and 4 times higher than that of Hispanic women (El-Bassel N).
Although the disease can affect anybody, why is a specific group targeted more than any other group? African American women are disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The lack of prevention interventions...