Approximately 39 .5 million people are infected and living with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency virus , the virus that causes AIDS with another 2 .9 million dead in 2006 from HIV /AIDS related complications . About three quarters of the victims ‘ population 24 .7 million live in sub-Saharan Africa (United Nations , 2006 .20-45 . This discusses issues surrounding the emergence and spread of HIV /AIDS in the 1960 ‘s and 1970 ‘s as well as the dynamics associated with the pandemic in the modern times p [banner_entry_middle]
Although the prevalence of homosexuals with HIV /AIDS is not clearly known , HIV /AIDS claims more heterosexuals , than homosexuals . However in the US where homosexuals account only 2 percent of the population , the risks of HIV /AIDS infections amongst homosexuals is usually very high
Although homosexuality has been viewed by the society as evil , it did not attract a lot of debate in the past as it is has done since the advent of HIV /AIDS . The above can be attributed to the vulnerability of homosexuals in terms of the risks associated with anal sex . The fact homosexuals are more vulnerable to HIV /AIDS has led to more and more people developing low opinion about homosexuals . This fact has led the general public to dismiss homosexuality and develop negative attitudes towards homosexuals . Another reason for a negative general public opinion on homosexuality is the seemingly don ‘t care ‘ attitude amongst homosexuals despite the much public awareness which has been initiated by different groups in as far as HIV /AIDS infection is concerned
HIV /AIDS was widely viewed as a problem of the homosexuals in the 1960 ‘s and 1970 hence the emergence and spread of free wheeling attitudes of the 1960s . The rapid spread of HIV /aids in the 1980 ‘s was partly a result of the free wheeling of the 1960 ‘s and 1970 ‘s with increased and careless sex attitudes , and therefore a surge of hitherto little known disease as more and more people practiced unsafe sex . Consequently freewheeling and the increase of HIV /AIDS relevance in USA and the world in general are positively correlated
A lot has changed in terms of the views and attitude towards HIV /AIDS in the 1960 ‘s and the attitude and views towards HIV /AIDS today . Most of the change in views have been occasioned by the extensive impact of HIV /AIDS today in terms of the effects such as death , suffering and widespread poverty it has had on its victims and whole communities (Beaglehoe , Bonita Kjellstrtzm , 1993 .12-23
Unlike in the 1960 ‘s when effects of HIV /AIDS were not common or were non-existed at all , today the effects have become unavoidable and are evidenced in daily lives of people both the infected and the affected alike . The above factors have been augmented by the role of information technology including the central role the media has played in creating awareness about the disease . The view of 1960 ‘s can be termed as… [banner_entry_footer]
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