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People with AIDS

In just 25 years, Aids has gone from being an unheard of disease to a worldwide epidemic which has already claimed 25 million lives and seems ready to claim many more. Since there are usually no symptoms at the onset of Hiv infection, the disease is highly dangerous, because a person may spread the disease for years without even knowing he is infected. The number of people with aids is increasing steadily, however, the public is much more ready to receive information about the disease which was often pushed under the rug in the 1980s. People with aids attest to the fact that the best form of prevention is education and information, and they would also suggest getting tested early for the hiv virus, since the earlier the disease is detected, the more likely a person can arrest the disease in its early development and live many productive years. One of the reasons people with aids are living longer than they did a mere decade ago is that early detection has led to early treatment, and treatments for aids have also improved and become more widely available.

People with aids were once stigmatized and they were encouraged to stay silent about their disease. Most people remember the case of Ryan White, a little boy who contracted Aids through a blood transfusion and was shunned by his community after it was discovered that he had Aids. People in his Indiana community did not realize that they could not catch the disease through a cough or a drop of spit. Ryan White became on of the most famous people with aids and his example educated many people who were saddened by the little boy's plight. Nowadays, blood transfusions are checked for the Hiv virus and are less dangerous than they once were. However, since sexual activity and needle sharing are still responsible for a large number of aids cases, people with aids focus on spreading information to those who would otherwise engage in these activities.

The profile of those people with Aids has changed since the disease was first discovered in 1981. Throughout the 80s, people had the misconception that Aids was a gay disease. Many people felt that, if they were not gay, the disease could not happen to them. Ryan White changed the perception of the disease. When Magic Johnson made his diagnosis public, people reacted with shock and acceptance. The majority of the public, up until that time, could not accept that a beloved sports star could be among the many people with aids, and the perception of the disease changed forever after that event.

The largest number of people with aids is in Africa, and 30% of al pregnant women have the disease in South Africa. While there are people with aids all over the world, so many people are dying of aids in Africa that there is a state of emergency. People with aids in Africa often lack the information or the resources available in other countries for prevention and treatment. As a result, the number of people with aids continues to increase, as the situation becomes more desperate.

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