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The issue of HIV/AIDS has been a developing concern since the early 1980’s. It is an issue that has sparked fear in everyone, but “society” has narrowed it down to certain people that can contract the AIDS virus.The stereotypical “AIDS” victim is not an IV drug user or a practicing homosexual; it is anyone, anyone who has unprotected sex,anyone who has had a blood transfusion in the past twenty years, or anyone who was innocently brought into the world by an infected mother. As unfair as it is, HIV/AIDS can attack someone whom society would have never “branded” as a stereotypical AIDS victim.
This issue of HIV/AIDS needs to be addressed, and it needs to be addressed now.The epidemic of HIV/AIDS is on the rise in the state of Massachusetts.As many as 15,000 residents may be infected with the virus and not be aware of it and the majority of these victims are between the ages of twenty and forty. The only solution to this problem, as is the only solution to any problem, is prevention through education.Of course it is easy to hand out literature and condoms to adults, but are they really going to listen?As a community, we can encourage HIV/AIDS testing, but will it be taken advantage of? Since these are adults being familiarized with HIV/AIDS, how to contract it, the consequences, and the raw statistics, they will probably disregard all of the information.Education on the issue of HIV/AIDS obviously needs to begin at an earlier age.
HIV is spread most commonly by sexual contact with an infected partner. The virus can enter the body through the lining of the vagina, vulva, penis, rectum or mouth during sex. HIV also is spread through contact with infected blood.Prior to the screening of blood for evidence of HIV infection and before the introduction in 1985 of heat-treating techniques to destroy HIV in blood products, HIV was transmitted through transfusions of contaminated blood. Today, because of bloo

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