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The AIDS Crisis AIDS is an epidemic that has been treated like every other plague in history Because it is human nature to be afraid of what one cannot control people are invariably afraid of disease and infection Moreover the fear is escalated many times over in that the disease starts controlling the person who it has infected As a result society as a whole ostracizes and black lists anyone and anything that is believed to be associated with the disease Many people think the United States is home of the most modern and developed society in the world Yet this society remains flawed in that its reaction to disease mirrors that of medieval times Although this a society that can build anything and go anywhere the basic fears of mankind are almost entirely the same as the dark ages It is true that we are faced with bigger and uglier problems However we still try to find scapegoats for these problems instead of trying to understand them Currently the United States is trying to deal with the AIDS epidemic However that was not our initial reaction When AIDS first reared its ugly head in the beginning of the 1980s Americans refused to acknowledge the problem It was considered a problem of the homosexuals and therefore did not exist This was the same attitude of the government and yet people were dying and more were getting sick The word AIDS was like taboo in the whole United States This attitude also prevented the government from getting involved sooner because the government generally works on public opinion If government officials started to talk about what people did not want to hear AIDS and homosexuals than those officials were in danger of losing their jobs Society in general was ignorant of AIDS They did not know where it came from and how people acquired the disease This not only
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