It's not very politically correct to say it, but HIV remains a crisis in the gay community. In fact, it can be argued that HIV is a gay disease. As gay and bisexual men were dropping dead in the mids, political strategists realized they had to make a choice. Acknowledge that the epidemic was disproportionately impacting gay and bisexual men — a despised minority in the U.
History of AIDS
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When HIV first began infecting humans in the s, scientists were unaware of its existence. The medical community, politicians and support organizations have made incredible progress in the fight against this formerly unknown and heavily stigmatized virus. Infection rates have fallen or stabilized in many countries across the world, but we have a long way to go. Image via aids. The WHO estimates that 97 percent of the world's HIV positive population lives in low income nations where anti-viral treatments are scarce or unavailable. Beginning in the early s, new and unusual diagnostic patterns began to emerge in different parts of the world. A benign, fairly harmless cancer called Kaposi's Sarcoma , common among the elderly, started appearing as a virulent strain in younger patients.
Is AIDS a gay disease?
A rare parasitic disease, which normally only is transmitted by contaminated water, has been shown to be transmitted by gay sex between hiv-positive men. In the industrial world the disease is virtually absent, but that could change. Amebiasis, an infection with the single-celled amoeba Entamoebia histolytica, normally is very rare. You only catch it in a few developing countries where the amoeba is endemic, and where hygiene is somewhat substandard, leading to contact with contaminated water. It only becomes dangerous when the amoeba invades your intestinal lining and causes a bloody diarrhoea, or when it enters the bloodstream, where it, among other things, causes liver abscesses.
T he s are back: not in the form of male pop stars wearing eyeliner, but headlines dripping with stigma. For those who have spent much of their lives campaigning to overcome the stigma of this treatable illness, it is a bleak day. If a celebrity — or anybody else — has HIV, it really is none of our business.