HIV/AIDS Research Paper

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HIV/AIDS

Throughout history, few illnesses have carried as much significance as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or AIDS. Similar human catastrophes have presented in our history such as, bubonic plague, leprosy and tuberculosis. All of these dreaded sicknesses have caused pain and suffering across cultures. Pain is associated with the physical distress of the patient, suffering is culturally distinctive, it describes the affliction of the human spirit and how community members cope with it. AIDS has given moral "do-gooders" a ripe opportunity to condemn others for behaviors which do not coincide with their perceived values. Globally, Americans have been blamed for creating the virus and spreading the disease worldwide. AIDS has
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A majority of Americans have been exposed to or heard of marijuana. Marijuana is a common drug among all age groups of Americans. It was once legal and still popular. The US government and citizens have now raised the question if the party drug that is known to relax the body and mind should be legalized in the United for medicinal purposes. Marijuana helps cancer patients with pain during treatment, helps AIDS patients regain their appetites, and those with glaucoma have shown improvement in their condition. Currently, there is no cure for HIV/AIDS. If you are infected with the virus, you can receive drugs that will only slow the virus from destroying your immune system. However, there is no way of ridding the virus from your body. AIDS has weakened the confidence we have in the ability of experts to solve problems. This cultural value is blatantly evident in the model of care for AIDS patients. The bulk of care is focused on end stage interventions, when little can be done to extend the life of a patient. The victim becomes faceless medical record numbers, and are viewed in as failures of the medical system. Further, the American culture promotes autonomy and responsibility. The negative aspect of this cultural orientation is that it often justifies blaming the victims of AIDS. Members of the society believe the illness is the outcome of poor choices, namely engaging in high risk
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