An Analysis of Helps as a Lifestyle and Death Issue

(May 1987) By Martin H. Goodman MD (this essay can be in the general public domain) Introduction: Helps is a existence and death issue. To really have the AIDS disease reaches present a sentence of gradual but inevitable death. I've already lost one good friend to AIDS. I might soon lose others. My very own sexual tendencies and that of several of my close friends has been profoundly altered by it. In my own the main country, one gentleman in 10 may already be carrying the Helps virus. As the figures may presently be less in much of all of those other country, that is changing rapidly. There currently is neither a remedy, nor even a powerful treatment, and no vaccine often. But there are issues that contain been PROVEN immensely successful in slowing the pass on of the hideously lethal disease. In this essay I am hoping to present these details. History and Overview: AIDS stands for Obtained Immune Defficiency Disease. It really is caused by a virus. The condition originated someplace in Africa about twenty years ago. There it initially appeared as a mystical ailment afflicting mostly heterosexuals of both sexes. It probably was spread especially fast by generally female prostitutes there. Helps has already turn into a crisis of STAGGERING proportions in elements of Africa. In Zaire, it's estimated that over twenty percent of the adults currently bring the virus. That amount is increasing. And what happened there will, if no treat is found, probably occur here among heterosexual folks. Helps was first regarded as a disease of gay males in this nation. This is a result of the actual fact that gay males in this lifestyle in the times before AIDS had typically 200 to 400 new sexual contacts per