AIDS: The Disease That Could Have Been More Controlled
This paper states the most disastrous aspect of the AIDS virus — apart from the millions of lives that it has taken — is that it initially affected social groups, already widely stigmatized, and because of this, what might have been controllable.
The author believes that if AIDS had initially affected more privileged members of American society than its first victims( homosexual men), the government’s response would have been immediate, and there is a great possibility that this terrible epidemic may have been contained and/or prevented. The paper discusses several major factors that allowed AIDS to become an epidemic, including the federal government, the media, and the sexual revolution that took place among the homosexual community.
Unfortunately, since AIDS was first detected in homosexual males, it was largely dismissed because, for a great portion of the American population, gay men circa 1980 were viewed as dispensable. If such a deadly disease had affected more privileged members of American society, there can be no doubt that the government’s response would have been immediate, and there is a great possibility that this terrible epidemic may have been contained and/or prevented.