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African Americans and HIV/AIDS HIV and AIDS a virus initially discovered during the early 1980s is a virus which has sparked fear as well as denial in many and one these days thought to be an international outbreak. In the United States, more than 1.1 million people are presently
In a person with HIV. these types of cells start to reproduce more copies of the HIV virus that in turn.living with HIV and AIDS and approximately one half of these people (forty six per cent) are African American (CDC. When the virus seeks out and infects the body’s T-cells. To know the reason why this particular race is the most affected race in the United States of America this document will describe what the sickness is. HIV and AIDS HIV. the cells which help the body protect against illnesses. AIDS. what factors are contributing to the spreading of the illness. “When an infected person’s T-cell count drops below 200 and the immune system becomes weak. also referred to as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome also affects the body's defense mechanism. 2009). But.. To go from a HIV-status to an AIDS status a person categorized as HIV positive should show a T-cell count of under 200 and have a medical diagnosis linked with one of the twenty three indicated illnesses linked with a person who is no more capable to fight off certain infections (Mulvihill et al. and the treatment methods and precautionary methods utilized for the illness. 2006). Zelman. infects other healthy cells of the body causing the body's defense mechanism to cripple (Mulvihill. Due to the factors involved African Americans don't understand or decline to fully understand the magnitude of this illness resulting in this illness to have an impact on more African Americans compared to any other race here in the United States of America. & Raymond. also referred to as the human immunodeficiency virus is a sickness which when within the body influences the human body's defense mechanism by attacking the immune systems white blood cells as well as multiplying. it only happens after a person has already contracted the virus HIV and her or his body's defense mechanism has grown to be depleted by the reaction of the virus. HIV becomes classified as AIDS” (para. the reason why African Americans are susceptible to the illness. Tompary. 2006). 10). this virus hurts the T4 or T-helper cells. A normal person generally demonstrates a helper cell count of approximately 500 to 1. To .600 and as per Walgreen Co (2008). Holdaway.
The drawback to residing in poverty is a factor regarding HIV transmission in this human population since this kind of upbringing frequently causes young people to drop out of school. With no effective education. Vulnerability African Americans are susceptible to the illness of HIV and AIDS since they are improperly informed in problems to the type of the illness as well as due to this population’s lack of seeking screening and cure for the illness. Discussions on HIV and AIDS in this human population don't happen. In addition to that. Environmental Factors Ecological factors which influence why this population of men and women is at a higher risk for the spread of HIV and AIDS include that of poverty along with a lack of access to suitable health care facilities. In addition to that. Together with the susceptibility linked with these human population ecological factors also perform a part on why this human population is affected. because people in this population are in denial of the illness. these people can't get a well-paid and secure job. 2010). Low income one of the leading factors linked to the transmission of this illness and African Americans affects approximately one fourth of African American households and approximately twenty seven per cent of bachelor males and forty per cent of bachelor females (Avert.know exactly how a person may contract HIV and AIDS one should first know why one is susceptible to it. which in turn causes them to look for other alternatives for example drug selling and prostitution to earn money that in turn enhances one’s possibilities of contracting this illness. For that reason. while . information about how to avoid and cure the illness is not easily available increasing these individuals’ possibilities of contracting HIV and AIDS. this human population is susceptible in contracting HIV and AIDS because those residing in this local community are declining to look for screening since they as mentioned above are in denial and since several in this local community don't have the resources required to pay for the screening required.
When it comes to African American males. Consenting in unprotected sexual intercourse with a male whether female or male is the main reason for HIV transmission in this human population. Due to the inability to pay and the mistrust of medical remedies provided here in the states a lot of African Americans choose not to look for health care until essential.residing in poverty the majority of the women rely on the men to take care of them as a result. twenty per cent also contracted the illness through contact with infected women as well as in accordance with African American women. The lack of access to medical care also an ecological problem for African Americans regarding HIV and AIDS affects more than a fifth of African Americans as compared to about ten per cent of whites (Avert. 2010). but. so does the choices made by this human population regarding the transmission of the disease. In accordance with heterosexual males. Ecological factors perform a crucial role in why this human population contracts this illness a lot more than any other human population in the United States. A failure to gain access to health care and to have screening checks carried out for HIV has increased these individuals’ possibilities of not only contracting HIV but also contracting AIDS. the lady may say yes to the man having several spouses so long as the lady thinks that her requirements are being satisfied. . 2010). Disease Transmission The illness HIV. 2010). passed on in a number of different methods influences the African American human population mostly through sexual intercourse as well as drug use. somewhere around forty six per cent contracted the illness through male-to-male contact for the reason that chose to have sexual relations within a small group of men as a consequence permitting the illness to spread rapidly (Advert. three-quarters of them contracted this illness through heterosexual intercourse (Avert. that once again enhances the possibilities of these people contracting this illness.
and making these people conscious of the significance of prevention. When making use of prostitution to get the drugs which she or he requires a lot of African Americans are so desperate to get the fix required that condoms aren't a priority for that reason. the national Black HIV/AIDS Awareness program has motivated African Americans to take into consideration this ailment and its impact on the community.Drug use through injection is the second reason for HIV transmission for African Americans as well as is the reason for twenty seven per cent of the human population living with the sickness (Advert. For the last ten years. 2009). get treatment for the illness. increasing her or his possibilities of contracting this illness. as well as therapy (CDC. This program has also motivated the African American community to use safer sexual intercourse methods. 2010). early detection. look for screening. reduce dangerous conducts. African Americans who select to inject drugs have a high danger of contracting HIV since a number of these men and women share fine needles with other users or they pick out to use prostitution as a method of getting the drugs which she or he requires (Advert. a lot of people in this human population opt for alternative measures to healing the illness. To decrease this population’s possibility of contracting HIV and AIDS through drug use and unprotected sexual intercourse quite a lot of companies are working together to teach these people in the detrimental consequences of these options. Controlling the Disease In an effort to control the sickness of HIV and AIDS a lot of companies including the CDC have set up an awareness program committed to teaching this human population on the problems of HIV and AIDS. Techniques utilized to cure HIV and AIDS differ and although these programs motivate one to seek conventional therapy for the illness not everybody has the opportunity to do so for that reason. talk about the illness with friends and family. and help somebody suffering from the illness. motivate HIV screening. Alternative Methods for Treatment and their Effect . 2010).
S. 2002). Even though alternative methods might not be effective for HIV and AIDS. fifty three per cent of these persons thought that there was a remedy for this sickness but the government was keeping it a secret. But. decrease stress and depression. most often recommended for the treatment of HIV and AIDS in the African American human population several opt for alternative methods due to lack of insurance. reinforce the body's defense mechanism. Beliefs and Values With regards to the values and beliefs of this human population regarding HIV and AIDS. medicine side effects. 2002). Though these techniques of therapy are not yet established to be efficient a lot of people who use these remedies think that these techniques assist reduce HIV related symptoms. When surveyed seventy per cent of the respondents thought that the government was concealing information regarding AIDS. Alternative methods most frequently used incorporate biologically based-therapies. even though some of these persons opt for condoms there is still anxiety regarding the race of African Americans with many of them thinking that as blacks become more militant. body and mind interventions. these techniques become top priority to some due to one’s values and beliefs. several think that the government has more involvement in the illness than otherwise noticed. impede the illness. energy therapies.Even though standard treatments for example antiretroviral therapy are. as well as manipulation of the body (NIH. 2005). enhance energy. 2005). many African Americans infected with the illness decline to get treatment and instead in some instances opt for condoms as a method of not spreading the illness to others. government (Bird & Bogart. as well as private reasons. Due to this belief. and twenty five per cent thought that the government was using AIDS as a method to wipe Blacks off the face of the earth (Bird & Bogart. an effort to . One more belief influencing how the African Americans see HIV and AIDS originate from the perception that modern medicine used to deal with the sickness can kill its patients and that individuals who take these medicines are human guinea pigs for the U. lack of earnings. and maintain health (NIH.
reduce the black population will evolve for that reason. Homosexuality is a way of life which many don't agree with and in a population already discriminated against. a lack of medical . 2004). Due to factors for example poverty. 2005). Conclusion HIV and AIDS a sickness which affects roughly forty six per cent of African Americans is a sickness passed on mainly via unprotected sexual intercourse as well as drug use in the African American population. there are also fears linked with social and cultural impacts. a lot of women choose not to discuss and talk the use of condoms with their lovers out of fear that the lover will abandon them for another person that is resulting in a rise in this illness (McNair & Prather. the gender ratio imbalance. Along with the gender ratio imbalance. Social and Cultural Influences Social and cultural impacts which affect the African American community regarding the spread of HIV and AIDS include discrimination and stigma. making reproduction of this race a high priority (Bird & Bogart. 2004). which many female and male African Americans would rather keep quiet. The African American population has lots of fears regarding the actions of the government and HIV and AIDS but. and lower levels of interpersonal power (McNair & Prather. this way of life is one. 2004). lower levels of interpersonal power regarding the women in this population also enhance the spread of this sickness since the ladies are scared to face their lovers on the use of condoms since they are afraid to strain or damage the relationship (McNair & Prather. In the African American group discrimination and stigma performs a major part in why people choose not to talk about the conducts which cause the illness and the measures taken to avoid it. Due to the gender ratio imbalance within this community. Due to the fear linked with homosexuality and others judging the behavior several within this community opt to live as though they are heterosexual and take part in homosexual activities without anyone’s knowledge.
to avoid conventional treatments this fear and denial is also affecting this population’s option regarding the prevention and screening of the disorder.care services. and social and cultural views. to make this populace less susceptible to HIV and AIDS educational methods for example those offered by the CDC are necessary in reducing the fears causing this population to be non-compliant in stopping the spread of the disorder. Additionally. . this illness strikes fear and denial in many. For that reason. This fear as well as denial causes people within this population to avoid conventional remedies for the disease and rather prefer to use alternative methods for example biologically based-therapies and body and mind interventions. values.
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