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Introduction Being one of the most fatal viruses in the nation AIDS Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome is now a serious public health concern in most major US cities and in countries worldwide Since 1986 there have been impressive advances in understanding of the AIDS virus its mechanisms and its routes of transmission Even though researchers have put in countless hours and millions of dollars it has not led to a drug that can cure infection with the virus or to a vaccine that can prevent it With AIDS being the leading cause of death among adults individuals are now taking more precautions with sexual intercourse and medical facilities are screening blood more thoroughly Even though HIV Human Immunodeficieny Virus can be transmitted through sharing of non sterilize needles and syringes sexual intercourse blood transfusion and through most bodily fluids it is not transmitted through casual contact or by biting or blood sucking insects Development of the AIDS Epidemic The first case of AIDS were reported in 1982 epidemiologists at the Center of Disease Control immediately began tracking the disease back wards in time as well as forward They determined that the first cases of AIDS in the United States probably occurred in 1977 By early 1982 15 states the District of Columbia and 2 foreign countries had 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 bisexual men and less then 5 percent are heterosexual adults Amazing enough by December of 1983 there were 3000 cases of AIDS that had been reported in adults from 42 states the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and the disease had been recognized in 20 other countries Recognizing the Extent of Infection The health of
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