The HIV/AIDS Epidemics of the Americas
What eventually became termed the HIV epidemic was first detected in 1981 in 11 homosexual men in the United States with very aggressive and rare malignancies (Kaposi’s Sarcoma). The initial case reports of mostly men who had sex with men to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed geographic clusters in Belle Glade, Florida, New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Soon this mixed group of patients with severely compromised immune systems became colloquially referred to as the “Four H Disease” by the CDC, as it primarily involved homosexuals, heroin addicts, hemophiliacs, and Haitians. Naturally, Haitians were later found to have the same behavioral risks as all others infected with HIV, but the die was cast. The sad and discriminating legacy of the early stages of the nascent HIV epidemic in the United States forced the poorest nation in the Americas and one of the least economically developed in the world into an economic freefall that compounded an otherwise chaotic...
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