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AIDS has become a worldwide epidemic that has struck every identifiable group However persons who are considered to be in a high-risk group of contracting HIV the disease believed to cause AIDS are still stigmatized by the media and other professionals as being diseased and abnormal It is quite surprising still that this type of stereotype still exists now in our gender-bending society No longer do only gays prostitutes bisexual men intravenous drug users contract HIV the heterosexual community is also facing the epidemic at phenomenon increases It is estimated that heterosexual transmission accounts for 75 of all AIDS cases in the worldVideo CBC In Review And still individuals persist that AIDS is a gay disease and that if one is not gay one is immune from it No one is immune to from AIDS Until a vaccine and cure is discovered for AIDS the numbers will increase and people will keep dying Therefore it is of vital importance to educate people about AIDS and to promote safer sex The key word now is prevention Among many proposed policies to help prevent AIDS infection one of the most controversial is mandatory AIDS testing Mandatory AIDS testing is theoretically very effective however when it is applied it is not practical at all because one is dealing with human nature the odd nature of the virus itself and also all of the stigmas that are attached to AIDS Therefore not only will mandatory AIDS testing not prevent HIV infection it will indirectly increase HIV infection because of the adverse effect it will have on voluntary testers One of the major flaws of mandatory AIDS testing is that it provides people with a false sense of securityGreig p68 When one goes for AIDS testing or more accurately an HIV antibody test which is also know as the ELISA test Kolodny p42 one tests for the presence of HIV antibodies not for the virus itself Our bodies manufacture antibodies
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