Covert Infectious Agent Plagued A Distinct Group Of Individuals

1972 WordsJul 25, 20158 Pages
Approximately 34 years ago a covert infectious agent plagued a distinct group of individuals, and took its rightful place in medicinal history. Young homosexual men were succumbing to rare terminal malignancies at an alarming rate, causing doctors to notify the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention alongside other healthcare agencies of its disturbing effects. In the early 1980’s, light was shed upon a new illness formally described as gay compromise syndrome, GRID (gay-related immune deficiency), or gay cancer. After a significant number of heterosexuals were infected, those names were considered redundant and the acronym AIDS was adopted. “In 1981, when the virus was discovered, being HIV-positive was considered a death sentence; for most patients today, it 's a chronic disease, much like diabetes or heart disease.” (Young, 2013) The groundbreaking advances in the world of HIV have proven why public health is essential when dealing with disease prevention in the past, and the years to come. As the disease swiftly advanced, epidemiologist took action in evaluating this new disease affecting a seemingly small population of MSM (Men who have sex with Men). According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2001), “In June 1981, the CDC developed an investigative team to identify risk factors, and to develop a case definition for national surveillance. Within 18 months, epidemiologists conducted the studies and prepared MMWR reports that identified all of the major
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