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AIDS is a life and death issue To have the AIDS diseaseis at present a sentence of slow but inevitable death Ivealready lost one friend to AIDS I may soon lose others My ownsexual behavior and that of many of my friends has beenprofoundly altered by it In my part of the country one man in10 may already be carrying the AIDS virus While the figures maycurrently be less in much of the rest of the country this ischanging rapidly There currently is neither a cure nor even aneffective treatment and no vaccine either But there are thingsthat have been PROVEN immensely effective in slowing the spreadof this hideously lethal disease In this essay I hope topresent this information History and OverviewAIDS stands for Acquired Immune Defficiency Disease It isThe disease originated somewhere in Africa about 20 yearsago There it first appeared as a mysterious ailment afflictingprimarily heterosexuals of both sexes It probably was spreadespecially fast by primarily female prostitutes there AIDS hasalready become a crisis of STAGGERING proportions in parts ofAfrica In Zaire it is estimated that over twenty percent ofthe adults currently carry the virus That figure is increasingAnd what occurred there will if no cure is found most likelyoccur here among heterosexual folksAIDS was first seen as a disease of gay males in thiscountry This was a result of the fact that gay males in thisculture in the days before AIDS had an average of 200 to 400 newsexual contacts per year This figure was much higher thancommon practice among heterosexual straight men or women Inaddition it turned out that rectal sex was a particularlyeffective way to transmit the disease and rectal sex is acommon practice among gay males For these reasons the diseasespread in the gay male population of this country immensely morequickly than in other populations It became to be thought of asa gay disease Because the disease is spread primarily byexposure of ones
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