The Age Of Aids Reflection

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When the AIDS and HIV virus crept its way into the human-race, it quickly, and without warning, claimed the lives of millions. Then when its destructive wake had finally been abated, it left behind several untold mysteries. Throughout the course of this class, all the new material we have been exposed to has added some unique piece to the puzzle of the AIDS epidemic. Each puzzle pieces have ranged from speculations on how the AIDS epidemic had begun, to what exactly has the epidemic done. We have also tackled the question and how it forced a change in society. Our newest piece of the puzzle is the documentary “The Age of AIDS,” by William Cran. Although this documentary did not surprise me in its content, it did, however, affirm certain types…show more content…
This, in fact, was something I liked about the video because it revealed to me exactly how much I have learned over the course of this class. An example of this is when Don Francis was discussed in the film. Don Francis is a CDC member I recognized from the Randy Shilt’s book, And the Band Played On, and in other additional readings from class. One thing Francis was known for was his public speaking about blunt attitude. In the film, it even mentions Francis talking to potential donors trying to receive funding for research, so they could find a cure to the epidemic. In the documentary Francis says “I pounded the table and yelled at them asking them how many people they wanted to kill. And I just said [unintelligible] "Just tell us the number. You want 10 dead? Do you want 20 dead? Do you want 100 dead?" That didn't go down very well,” (Cran). This quote is significant because it shows how despite the clear need that funding was needed, high ranking government agencies were still being languid in their decision. Most of the time this was due to them just not wanting to to lose money if they did not have to. Unfortunately, this also reveals that their motives for health care is to make money solely. Knowing all of this is also significant to me because just a couple months ago, I knew nothing about Don Francis. Now I know way…show more content…
Although most of the material was that in the movie related to something we have learned previously in the course, it still offered new insight to certain aspects. One of the things I liked most about the documentary was as stated before was its ability to incorporate relatively everything we learned in the class. Such as having people from other documentaries, books and articles. Another thing I liked about the documentary was how despite reviewing a lot of material, it also gave real-life accounts of what was going on during that time. Overall the documentary sparked the interest in me to understanding more about how minorities, homosexuals, and hemophiliacs were treated before after and during the AIDS
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