The Mortal Morality: 25 Million Dead Of HIV-AIDS
In 1980 virtually no American had ever heard of HIV-AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). It was just beginning to be noticed in certain parts of Africa where it was commonly called "Slim," a reference to the emaciated appearance of its victims before their death.
Just a few years later it had be come the number one medical concern of the American public. The HIV virus which causes HIV-AIDS is primarily communicated through bodily fluids, so the first targets were intravenous heroin junkies who shared needles, and excessively promiscuous people. The gay community was hit first and hardest, with the preference of certain homosexuals to have a large number of sexual partners being the perfect breeding ground for the spread of HIV-AIDS. Since HIV-AIDS was present for several years before a screening technique was developed, recipients of blood transfusions were also at risk.
HIV-AIDS is a virus which attacks the body's immune system. It can be said that people do not die of HIV-AIDS, but of the multitude of other diseases which are free to ravage the body once the immune system is thoroughly weakened. The end can often come very quickly, with as little as six months between diagnosis and death.
Active cases of HIV-AIDS are 100% fatal. You get to the advanced stages of the disease, you die. There are some extenuating circumstances which can prolong a victim's life, such as experimental drugs or positive mental attitude, but the end result is always the same. Although there are an increasing number of HIV-AIDS positive individuals who are able to postpone the onset of the advanced stages of the disease, once it finally hits, it's all over.
HIV-AIDS is spreading absolutely unchecked. The virus has been found in every single bodily fluid. It is theoretically possible to contract HIV-AIDS by coming into physical contact with a contaminated person's tears, mucus, or even sweat.
More than 25 million people, a number greater than the entire population of the 14 largest American cities:
New York, NY
Los Angeles, CA
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Jose, CA
San Francisco, CA
The equivalent of every man, woman and child in all of those fourteen cities, has already died of HIV-AIDS.
HIV-AIDS is being addressed in some quarters as a moral rather than a medical issue. Some openly commend this "wrath of God on the faggots" as their "just reward" for their homosexuality. This attitude is regrettable and reprehensible by any human standard, yet it is difficult to escape the characterizations of this affliction as anything but a lifestyle disease. It definitely targets certain lifestyles in a manner very similar to that previously discussed of cancer. HIV-AIDS seems to select its victim groups by their activities, rather than the more common forms of susceptibility to disease.
It too seems to display a peculiar form of morality, much like cancer. And although they are definitely separate diseases, they have much in common in their selection process and lethal conclusion.
However, any medical professional will insist that there is absolutely nothing in common between cancer and HIV-AIDS.
Yet... there is.