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					AIDS: Still
 Growing
   Marcia Ventura
  Tinnell McIntyre
   Rashel Peeler
Introduction
   “He was such a great
    man, he has always
    helped me and my
    husband and he never
    judged me or anyone.
    He always gave me a
    helping hand, I wish we
    could have been there
    for him in his time of
    need. Maybe he would
    still be here.”

   “Aids in the Family”, 2005
   AIDS is an abbreviation for Acquired
    Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

   AIDS is the SIXTH leading cause of
    death among young men and women.
   “Diseases,” 2005, pg.2

   Many people live with AIDS longer due to
    Protease Inhibitors (PI’s) which can block
    the replication of HIV in a person’s blood.
                      Strategies
   1. The Center for Disease Control and
    Prevention taught Americans to avoid high
    risk behaviors.

   The numbers grew tremendously forcing them
    to seek to increase public health efforts to
    prevent HIV infected persons from spreading
    the virus.

   Waldholz, 2003, p.1
History
                Statistics
   There are approximately 900,000
    people living with AIDS/HIV, and
    about 300,000 people that may not
    know that the have AIDs or HIV.
   According to the Centers for Disease
    Control and Prevention, more than
    21 million people have died from
    AIDS worldwide.
   Where did AIDS
    begin????
   The one of the first case of the AIDS virus in America was
    diagnosed in the year of 1981.

   The first case of AIDS was in India in 1986, and was
    diagnosed in Madras.
   Today in India there are about 20,000 HIV positive cases in
    India and approximately 4000 people full blown AIDs.

   Sub-Sahara is the most heavily
    affected region in the world, and these
    countries include South Africa, Nigeria,
    Congo and Ethopia.
   “AIDS Growing”, 2005, p.4
    AIDS in the African American
             Community
   According to the 2000 Census, African Americans make up
    12.3% of the US population.
   African American have accounted for 368,169 or 40% of the
    929,985 estimated AIDS cases diagnosed since this epidemic
    began.
   The rate of AIDS diagnoses for African Americans was almost
    10 times the rate for whites and almost 3 times the rate for
    Hispanics.
   The rate of AIDS diagnoses for African American women was
    25 times the rate for white women.
   The rate of AIDS diagnoses for African American men was 8
    times the rate of white man.
Recommendations
   Since there is no exact cure for AIDS
    the best cure is to teach prevention.
    The only way to do this is raise the level
    of awareness about AIDS.
               Raise Awareness
   1.) Make a sex education class a mandatory
        course in junior high and high school.
   2.) Mandatory testing every other year. This
        would prevent an infected person from
        spreading the virus.
   3.) Increase awareness among minorities
          Radio awareness and prevention commercials
          More AIDS/HIV hotlines
          AIDS concerts and benefits
Feasibility
    Make a sex education class?
   Yes, by doing a sex education class at the
    junior high level youths are still
    impressionable and it’s not too late to sway
    their decision.
   The class could offer videos on the day of the
    life of a person with AIDS. Youths can
    witness first hand what they go through.
   They can take field trips to the AIDS homes
    so they can see the this is a real disease
    affecting thousands of people.
            Annual testing?
   No, there is not enough funding to get
    tested.

   People will not cooperate and get
    tested.

   People who aren’t getting tested may
    still be infecting other people.
    Increase awareness among youths?

   Yes, it’s a positive to encourage
    minorities to learn about AIDS.
   Prevention messages need to be
    translated into the languages of various
    ethnic communities of the youths.
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