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Being one of the most fatal viruses in the nation AIDS AcquiredImmunodeficiency Syndrome is now a serious public health concern in most majorUS cities and in countries worldwide Since 1986 there have been impressiveadvances in understanding of the AIDS virus its mechanisms and its routes oftransmission Even though researchers have put in countless hours and millions ofdollars it has not led to a drug that can cure infection with the virus or to a vaccinethat can prevent it With AIDS being the leading cause of death among adultsindividuals are now taking more precautions with sexual intercourse and medicalfacilities are screening blood more thoroughly Even though HIV HumanImmunodeficieny Virus can be transmitted through sharing of non sterilize needlesand syringes sexual intercourse blood transfusion and through most bodily fluidsit is not transmitted through casual contact or by biting or blood sucking insectsDevelopment of the AIDS EpidemicThe first case of AIDS were reported in 1982 epidemiologists at the Center ofDisease Control immediately began tracking the disease back wards in time as wellas forward They determined that the first cases of AIDS in the United Statesprobably occurred in 1977By early 1982 15 states the District of Columbia and 2 foreign countrieshad reports of AIDS cases however the total remained low 158 men and 1 woman Surprising enough more then 90 percent of the men were homosexual or bisexual Knowing this more then 70 percent of AIDS victims are homosexual or bisexualmen and less then 5 percent are heterosexual adults Amazing enough byDecember of 1983 there were 3000 cases of AIDS that had been reported in adultsfrom 42 states the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and the disease had beenrecognized in 20 other countriesRecognizing the Extent of InfectionThe health of the general homosexual populations in the area with thelargest number of cases of the new disease was getting looked at a lot closer byresearchers For many years physicians knew that homosexual men who reportedlarge numbers of sexual partners
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