AID - Erica Rodriguez English 110H November 2 2007 AIDS in...

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Erica Rodriguez English 110H November 2 , 2007 AIDS in New York City There have been several medical advances in the fight against AIDS since the first cases appeared in the early 1980s, along with a decrease in public bias against certain groups of people who were blamed for starting or spreading the syndrome. New York City was and still is one of the most affected areas in the United States by the AIDS epidemic, with the number of people infected increasing each year. As the number of people infected and living with AIDS increases, it becomes clear that other methods must be used in combating this epidemic, such as an increase of education against this life-threatening disease. By providing more education and services to take initiative in preventing people from contracting AIDS, the number of people infected can be drastically decreased, as medical advances, although helpful, aren’t a magic bullet in the fight against AIDS. According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as of 2007, there are approximately 100,000 people living in New York City living with HIV, which equates to about 1 in 70 people that are infected with the virus. Each year, thousands of people are infected with HIV, and by the time most learn they have the virus, it has already become AIDS, at which time, there are less medical treatment options available, and their health worsens. “An estimated 1 in 4 New Yorkers living with HIV do not know that they are infected. Last year, more than 1,000 New Yorkers – 3 every day – found out that they had HIV when they were already sick with AIDS” (New York City Commission on HIV/AIDS 6). As such, it seems most effective to try and prevent people from becoming
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infected with HIV, or at least prevent the progression of HIV to AIDS. One such means of early action against the AIDS epidemic is by education and distribution of information about AIDS and HIV. By teaching and warning teens earlier about risky lifestyle choices that can lead to HIV, hopefully the number of people infected with HIV and AIDS will decrease as years progress. However, the curriculum for teaching about HIV and AIDS has not been updated since 1994, according the NYC Commission of HIV/AIDS. As such, an updated curriculum may prove more effective in educating teens and young adults about this epidemic. Current statistics from the CDC estimate that about
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