Article ReviewMonica WilliamsHCS/457October 13, 2013Ahmed JamalArticle ReviewThere is an growing epidemic that is growing in more place than ever. It was first recognized or thought of as a disease in 1981. AIDS or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome was something that was discovered in young homosexual men in New York and Los Angeles when it was first discovered back in the 80s. Now new AIDS cases have developed all over the country.
With the southern parts of the United States having a higher rate on new cases, Jacksonville, Florida rank 5th in the country of having people being diagnosed with the disease.How long has HIV/AIDS been a community problemSince 2010, Jacksonville, FL as had a major increase in the amount of young people who have contracted the HIV/AIDS disease. According to Tracy Jones (2010), ???Its become the leading cause of death for younger black females in Florida, and the second-leading cause in Jacksonville. HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for African-American women ages 25-44 in Florida, the third-leading cause of death among black men in that age range.??? (Jones, 2010,).
How has HIV/AIDS affected the community As mentioned earlier the disease has affected communities in Jacksonville, Florida in a major way. More young people are contracting the disease more than ever. The age range of 25-44 is affected more than any other age in the community. According to Madison Park (2011), “This disease is ruining lives, and its still killing people, especially low-income people who dont get tested enough and who dont get treated early.” There are plenty of people living in the community who are not able to get the health care they need so they are not able to be diagnosed with the disease.
That is the issue with most low income people. How Has The Community Responded Dr. Mobeen Rathore with University of Florida & Shands Hospital of Jacksonville, Florida says that AIDs and HIV has decreased overall in Florida 2012, but the number of reported cases in Duval County where the city of Jacksonville resides grew from 2011 to 2012. There is reason why there has been a decrease in the number of HIV/AIDS cases because a new home testing system was released called OraQuick. The doctor said that it is important for people to know their status and that they should get tested regularly.
If a person gets a positive result then they could get treatment as soon as possible. If the results are negative, they should continue living a healthy lifestyle.(Jeffries,K. 2013).ReferencesJeffries, K. (2013, February? 12). At Home Testing Available for AIDs and HIV. First Coast News.
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