Why Aids Became an Epidemic in the USA

Cuba has the lowest HIV percentage in the World mainly because of how they addressed the epidemic. Per person, there have been 35 times more deaths from AIDS in the United States than in Cuba. 

I wondered why the USA did not do the same. The same is to make use of existing quarantine laws and practices as Cuba. The CDC could have but did not.  Why not, is the subject of this post.

In My Opinion

The first reason was HIV was a problem that affected mainly gays and drug addicts. In 1983. the majority of people in the USA had a low opinion of gays and addicts. In other words, most people were apathetic about someone who engaged in aberrant sexual practices or drugs.

The second reason was political correctness. In other words, politicians did not want to jeopardize their political careers. However, some gays engage in bisexual acts and there are male and female drug addicts. The result is the predominately infected males passed the infection to females who then passed the infection to unsuspecting males and so on.

The third reason is what the CDC terms stigmatize and discrimination reasons. In other words, the CDC, Center for Disease Control, instead of enacting quarantine powers, they compromised their responsibilities for political correctness.

The fourth reason is the failure of Congress to become involved with their responsibility to address quarantine and make decisions about individual rights versus community rights to live or die.

The Result of Political Correctness and Apathy in the USA

2 At the end of 2013, an estimated 1.2 million persons aged 13 and older were living with HIV infection in the United States, including an estimated 161,200 (13%) persons whose infections had not been diagnosed.

In 2014, the number of deaths of persons with diagnosed HIV infection ever classified as stage 3 (AIDS) in the United States was 12,333.

The cumulative estimated number of deaths of persons with diagnosed HIV infection ever classified as stage 3 (AIDS) in the United States, through 2014, was 678,509.

3 Racial and ethnic minorities have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic, and represent the majority of new HIV diagnoses, people living with HIV disease, and deaths among people with HIV.  

King `Solomon

For whoever is joined with all the living, there is hope; surely a live dog is betterthan a dead lion  (Ecclesiastes 9:4)

In ancient times a dog was considered to be a low esteemed animal and a lion a high esteemed animal.

You Decide

Is King Solomon right that it is better to be alive than dead regardless of how esteemed or stigmatized you are by others?

Would it have been better to quarantine, care, and educate to control and prevent the spread of HIV same as Cuba did?

Do you prefer your politicians engage in political correctness or truth when there is a health epidemic threatening the USA population?

Regards and goodwill blogging

 PS December 1, was World Aids Day 

Source Links

1  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2688320/

2  http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/overview/

3   http://kff.org/hivaids/fact-sheet/the-hivaids-epidemic-in-the-united-states/