HIV and African Americans Essay

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The term Human Immunodeficiency Virus is commonly known as (HIV), which is a virus that attacks the immune system of humans by destroying the amount of CD4 cells in their bodies. Without CD4 the human body is unable to fight against diseases, which can lead to Acquired Immune deficiency syndrome known as AIDS for short. The first case of the HIV/AIDS virus in the U.S. occurred in the early 1980’s. The first spark of the virus was found in San Francisco with couple of homosexual Caucasian American males. Today African Americans account for the largest proportion of HIV and AIDS in this country, represent approximately 13% of the U.S. population, but accounted for an estimated 44% of new HIV infections in 2010(the last year a study was …show more content…
This can only happen if we stop pointing fingers at African American for the massive spread of the virus. And also stop pointing finger at black homosexuals for the strikingly large percentage of the HIV infection. We must put an end to the stigma that HIV only carries with African Americans.
Many individuals have this malnourished ideal that HIV/AIDS is a disease based on race. “AIDS; which has ravaged minority community in disproportionately large numbers, must be viewed as racial issue, the national commission member on AIDS said yesterday” (Priest). Years ago Yale University law professor Harlon Dalton said this about HIV/AIDS, “We cannot approach the AIDS problem in a color blind fashion” (Priest). With this being said we need to stop pointing fingers at blacks’ for the disproportionate factor of HIV in this country. And also stop pointing fingers at black homosexuals.
To be honest HIV/Aids is not a virus/disease that aim towards blacks although a large percentage of the African American population is carriers of the virus. From the history of the HIV/AIDS virus, it is known that the virus variation among humans started with homosexual Caucasian males. Many individuals have forgotten this fact and instead they carry around the idea that HIV is a black homosexual virus base on present statistics like this one from the CDC. “Among all MSM, black/African American MSM accounted for
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