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Somewhere among the million children who go to New Yorks publicly financed schools is a seven-year-old child suffering from AIDS A special health and education panel had decided on the strength of the guidelines issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control that the child would be no danger to his classmates Yet when the school year started on September 9th several thousand parents in two school districts in the borough of Queens kept their children at home Fear of plague can be as pernicious and contagious as the plague itselfFear of dying 1 This article was written in 1985 Since then much has been found out about AIDS Not enough for a cure though There probably will be no cure found in the near future because the technology needed is not available AIDS cases were first identified in 1981in the United States Researchers have traced cases back to 1959 There are millions of diagnosed cases worldwide but there is no cureDrotman 163 There are about a million people in the United States who are currently infected with HIVHIVAIDS 1 It infects the population heavily in some areas of the country and very lightly in other areas No race sex social class or age is immuneAIDS Understanding 10 AIDS has killed more americans than the Vietnam War which killed 58000AIDS Understanding 10 AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Acquired means that it is not hereditary or introduced by medication Immune indicates that it is related to the bodys system that fights off disease Deficiency represents the lack of certain kinds of cells that are normally found in the body Syndrome is a group of symptoms and signs of disordered function that signal the diagnosesHyde 1 You dont catch AIDS you catch HIV HIV is the virus that leads to AIDS HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency virus HIV severely damages a persons disease fighting immune system There are two viruses that cause AIDS
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