The Epidemic Of The Aids Epidemic

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The AIDS Epidemic “According to the New England Journal, by September 1987, more than 40,000 cases of AIDS had been recognized in the United States and 50,000 cases in different countries.”(Swenson par. 1) The events that took place in the late 1980s and early 1990s changed the world as we knew it. It also challenged some of the greatest medical minds of that time, as they continually searched for a cure worldwide. An examination of primary and secondary sources will reveal the significance of the key event in American history. “In 1980 the year before AIDS, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, appeared, the Center for Disease Control or CDC scientist defined Toxic Shock Syndrome and discovered that it was often due to a certain type of tampon.” (Check 21) So when they were called about strange spots on peoples skin it was nothing new. Many people around the world strongly believe that AIDS began somewhere in Africa, and grew from another virus. Scientist think AIDS is spread in Africa almost entirely by sexual contact. Equal number of men and women are infected with the disease. The virus that causes AIDS is the virus called HIV. HIV is found in many types of cells, even though its main target is the immune system which protects the body from diseases. Although these particles do not invade healthy cells and do not reproduce, they do attach to immune cells and can make them useless in the fight against invading infection. HIV can be transmitted by intimate sexual…

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