Week 8 Discussion - 6521.docx - Week 8 Discussion The prevalence of HIV\/AIDS in the U.S may be on the decline overall but within some groups it has

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Week 8 DiscussionThe prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. may be on the decline overall, but within some groups it has continued to raise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] (2018) African Americans, who only represent 12% of thepopulation, accounted for 44% of all HIV diagnoses. These numbers represented those from the gay/bisexual community as well as IV drug users and heterosexuals. There are over 1.1 million people in the U.S. alone that are living with HIV/AIDS (CDC, 2018).The fear of offending someone, or their sensibilities, has made people not speak of the disease itself, helping to contribute to the complacency currently being seen. The fears of contracting, or being diagnosed, with this disease is less critical than it once was. As a result, there is no longer as many fears of the repercussions of unsafe sex or the sharing of needles as there once was. The benefits of the medications are numerous and there have been great strides made to prolong life as well as improve the quality of life for those afflicted with this disease. The fact that the medications have greatly improved has also helped, I believe, to reduce the fear of this disease thereby making people complacent in regards to HIV/AIDS.Though these advancements have been made, there is still so much about the disease that we do not know. We have yet to find a cure for it and though we are constantly making strides, there is room for improvement. As healthcare workers we cannot become complacent in our quest to help guide patients down the road of living healthier and managing their comorbidities. To this end, it is imperative that we continue to educate our patients about the importance of safe sex, abstinence, and monogamy along with not sharing needles.
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