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Katz 1 Lauren Katz Honors English 10 MrsSchweitzer December 2000 THE AIDS OUTBREAK Who would have ever thought that a disease possibly brought to America by infected African monkeys would affect the country forever This is exactly what happened in the late nineteenth century when the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome AIDS was introduced to America The unpredictable epidemic caused a huge outrage for years to come The outbreak of the HIV virus AIDS in the early 1980s resulted in medical research public misconceptions and ultimately growing awareness Appearing first only in homosexual men AIDS was an unfamiliar virus to the entire United States Reports of unknown and unexplainable symptoms caused much confusion among patients and even doctors In 1981 the first reports explained that 41 homosexual men in the San Fransisco area had a rare and often rapidly fatal form of cancer Altman np After years of researching these cases and millions of others appearing later in the decade scientists discovered that it was not cancer they were dealing with They called it HIV Human Immune Virus which leads to AIDS Acquired Immune deficiency Syndrome that progressively destroys the bodys ability to fight infections and certain cancers ARIC np With minimal research there was nothing to initially combat the virus but thanks to time and funding there were some drugs that seemed to help stop the spread of the virus in ones body These anti-retroviral drugs still dont constitute as cures for the virus but have definitely helped and continue to help patients live longer ARIC np Since a vaccine to Katz 2 evoke an immune system response that will prevent infection or disease development still has not been found other treatments have been tested Accupuncture stress management hypnosis exercise good nutrition and an overall positive attitude all seem to alleviate symptoms even if they are not proven cures of the virus Packer 78-88 Although AIDS is a life
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