Anyone can have it, Internationally feared, Deadliest Sickness
A look at the Origin, Stigma/Discrimination and Government Involvement with AIDS in the United States of America and African Countries
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, AIDS, is now known as being one of the most deadliest and incurable viruses in the world. AIDS snuck into America in the beginning of the 1980’s, then exploded in what seemed a matter of moments. America would soon learn that this was not just a health problem in the “immoral” cul-de-sacs of American but an international epidemic affecting all types of life. Today’s youth see’s a constant fight in curing and eliminating AIDS around the world; however, this has not always been the case. AIDS has been most publicized in the United States and African countries. This paper will compare the origin of AIDS, the stigma and discrimination of AIDS and the government involvement with AIDS in the United States and African countries.
Individuals who first appeared with AIDS in America during the early 1980’s were diagnosed with Pneumocystis Pneumonia (PCP), which is usually found in people with poor immune systems.  However these individuals who were sick did not have poor immune system, but the individuals were homosexuals. As more and more homosexual males appeared to have the disease, it became labeled as GRID (gay related immune deficiency).  People with AIDS were growing rapidly in America and majority of the time they would fall into one or more of the four H’s groups. The four H’s were homosexuals, heroin users, hemophiliacs and Haitians; even though there were numerous cases were people did not fall into one of these categories. Soon individuals from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) were informed that cases with similar symptoms were being found in Africa.
When CDC members went Africa they saw that not just homosexuals, heroin users, hemophiliacs, and Haitians but also heterosexuals, but women and...