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Lecture

Age of Aids


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC309Y1
Professor
Robb Travers

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Soc309
Lecture 4
May 26, 2011
The Age of Aids Documentary released in 2006
*do not test on numbers*
Aids is a protein coated mass
-multiplies after infections and destroys the carriers immune system
Two doctors LA jan 1981
-first encountered aids from a young gay man
-pneumocystis pneumonia was shown in these men and usually only occurs ini an immune deficiency
owasnt making sense why it was occurring in people who were supposed to be young and
healthy
ofirst cases were not treatable
First official publication was in MMWR – thought it was a new thing
Other doctors saw young men with rare cancers and diseases where the weak immune system was taken
advantage of
-in advance cases it would attack the brain and cause patients to die of dementia the way 80 year olds
would
This was more common in areas with a high gay community
-people who were diagnosed were mostly people with a “partying lifestyle
opeople who do drugs and people who were out for a decade ish in the gay community
In south florida they found AIDS appeared in both men and women
Appeared in France French doctor encountered a gay man
-it also appeared in 3 women and one portagese man with 3 children that claims he had no homosexual
realations
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owhich given what we know now, it was porbable it could be from a woman
-Sionce women were being diagnosed as well, it shown it wasnt only the gays that were attacked
In the Broncs
-There were cases of men who had AIDs who were not homosexuals but drug addictions
oThey would come in and rent a siringe and use it for their drug use, and return it
oOnce returned the clinic would rent the needle out again to another person
oEasy way for AIDS to get around
When diagnosed with aids
-Often people loose their support system
-Loose their jobs and family
-Seemed to be affecting people who were most vulnerable
oGay, drug users
oMorally not accepted activities
Thus politicians did not care or help because these people were already being shunned
for it
Controversy people didnt want their tax dollers to help these people
Republicans claimed that we should not mess with nature and nature is
attacking people that deserved it
Hemopheliacs
-A baby showed symptoms of this new disease and the baby got a few blood transfusions
They found one of the donors has already died of aid
They found a new group that was being attacked
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Donating blood was an easy way to get money, and there was no screening in blood
donating thus people with the virus could donate it
oIt was now known that it was a virus
oBlood bankers were resistant in changing their ways because they believed it was
discrimination and they didnt think there was enough proof that the blood was contaminated
Regan
-Came to power
-Decided to cut back taxes and the government size
-Health minister at the time wanted to focus on aids
oHowever researchers could not work because their budget was cut by Regan by 25 30%
oCould not focus on the Aids
oHealth minister decided that there was enough money in the research on AIDS
She felt that it was not a problem money can solve but a problem scientists could
solve
Africa
-Joe macornik lead the team to Africa (Congo) to look for patients with symtems of AIDS
-Half of patients were women (which at the time people thought was a gay mans disease)
-Public was alarmed that it could be transferred to the general population
-People did not believe that heterosexuals could transmit it
-Disease was circulating for a while because of their advance state of the disease
oHow did it get to Europe and America from congo
Belgium people who lived there
Patients
Haiti people immigrated from congo and then traveld to Europe and America
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