HIV AIDS by Katie Marsico

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And] ate off of paper plates. 2 His family’s reaction was difficult to take. Yet Carl worked hard to reshape his attitude toward being HIV positive and learn how he could use his HIV status to educate others about the disease. Social workers, doctors, and members of the HIV-positive community taught him to take proper care of himself and avoid risky behaviors. He learned that he could go on to enjoy a fulfilling future. He resolved to share his experiences and what he learned with the people around him.

Which Americans Are Affected Most? African Americans at Risk Research indicates that 1 in 16 African-American males and 1 in 30 African-American females are likely to become infected with HIV during their lives. These rates are staggeringly high compared to those for whites, where the ratios are 1 in 104 for males and 1 in 588 for females. HIV impacts Americans from all races and economic backgrounds, though certain groups appear to be harder hit than others. S. epidemic first began to receive attention in the 1980s, the infection seemed to be spreading among homosexual men, drug users who shared needles, individuals who had received blood transfusions, and immigrants from the Republic of Haiti in the Caribbean.

Too many of these children strain the resources of troubled governments. Other children are forced to find their own ways to survive. This often means turning to a • 31 • Essential Issues life filled with crime and risky behavior, continuing the cycle of illness and poverty. Mothers, Fathers, Grandmothers, Grandfathers Women from developing nations, who often are traditionally expected to cook, clean, and care for their families, must often assume other roles as they lose their fathers, husbands, and brothers to HIV.

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