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I INTRODUCTION In the early 1980s a new disease known as human immunodeficiency virus HIV was introduced into the medical field The disease was something new to study and had no cure at the time Society began to speculate were this disease came from For approximately twenty years the disease was thought of as the gay mans disease Not until the early nineties did society begin to see that the disease was not a gay mans disease but women and young infants were getting the HIV virus As more people come out that they have this disease the speculation has stopped on who can get it and now everyone knows it is not just one group of society but a disease that everyone can get In 1990 the Ryan White CARE Act was implemented to provide care for people with HIV Money is given to states and metropolitan areas with large numbers of citizens with AIDS The act also provides grants for prevention of the virus and grants to research the virus in hopes to find a cure Anonymous 2000b II Description of Social Problem Human immunodeficiency virus HIV leads to the disease acquired immune deficiency syndrome AIDS The disease AIDS kills white blood cells that make up the immune system A person with AIDS is unable to fight any sickness that enters the body Many people with the disease will often die of the common cold or the flu Their body is unable to fight the bacteria in their body Signs of the disease are often unfelt or seen and can only be known through testing the blood People can get AIDS through using dirty hyperemic needles through sexual contact with someone with the virus blood trafusions or pregnant woman can spread it to their unborn child RadcliffeJ 1998 In 1998 there were a reported six million people infected with the HIV virus Approximately one person gets the virus every eleven
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