The Impact of Homophobia and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

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Viruses have been with us since time immemorial. There is no one yet who can lay claim to having been free from the irritation of the viral common cold. This is something the world has accepted despite that up to now there is no known cure for the common cold virus.


It reappeared in 1950 and in 1970 and lately made its devastating presence in Mexico in 2009. The Ebola virus was even more menacing as it threatened to wipe out the denizens of both Zaire and Sudan in 1976 where 400 failed to fend off the fatal internal and external hemorrhage caused by the virus (Williams & Wilkins 1010). Where primates such as monkeys trigger Ebola virus, birds transmit Avian flu to humans and bats and civets pass on SARS to humans. Both Avian flu and SARS became pandemic in 1997 and 2003, respectively (Friedlander 111,117). But the worst epidemic that hit the whole world was the HIV virus which up to now, unlike the rest of these viruses which had been eventually contained , continued to rage without any cure in sight.
The HIV virus or the human immunodeficiency virus is just as virulent as the hereinabove-mentioned viruses. While humanity was able to contain the aforesaid viruses, there is difficulty in restricting HIV because of the impossibility of restraining the sexual urges of
HIV and the disease that it generated AIDS or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome had become a cause of concern after some 25 million people all over the world had died and an estimated 40 million had carried the disease since the virus was first identified in 1981 (World Bank 1). It had become so pandemic that WHO or World Health Organization expressed concern and determination to stop the plague at all cost. ...
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