As a result of the discovery of AIDS, the gay community suffered greatly at the hands of social alienation. “AIDS” was not called “AIDS” until the CDC changed the different name that singled out the gay community as the only ones that could acquire the disease. After some major controversy the gay bathhouses were closed down, because it was believed that the AIDS virus was spreading greatly in these places. The gay community also suffered major emotional trauma as very little was known of the disease and little could be done about it. ___ The medical community had much trouble in the progress of researching the disease.
Throughout this movie, it illustrates different points, such as the beginning of HIV, the misconceptions it gave, and the panic it aroused amongst doctors and the common people. The AIDS epidemic did not have to happen. It was caused by the negligence from doctors that did not think the matter was a concern. It started out when one patient had the disease, and the doctors concluded that it was a mutated version of a disease. But it turned out that that was the first patient to suffer the HIV virus.
Doctors treating people with this virus thought that the first cases of the HIV virus was just an abnormality disease. The disease started to spread all over, especially gay men. Throughout the movie, I was able to see different points, such as the beginning of AIDS, the misconceptions it had, and the anguish it brought to the doctors as well as people around the world. In the beginning the movie the scientist used many methods to identify the virus. One of the methods was when the character Dr. Dan Francis, compares the disease with a similar virus called Hepatitis B.
The movie, And the Band Played On, portrays a current issue the U.S. health care system face: the effects of societal perceptions of people who should receive health care support. Those perceived as undeserving are disregarded. Homosexual men were the first to be affected by AIDS in the US, and because of this, the stigma of homosexuality prevented developing health care policy to control the epidemic. Homosexuality was, and to a lesser extent now, not widely accepted. Marginalizing gay individuals was seen in the movie at the beginning, when media coverage on AIDs would not include “homosexual” within the news title (Pillsbury, Sanford, & Spottiswoode, 1993).
Despite the gravity of the situation, the approach taken by the media and the scientific community has been to ignore the issues at hand, giving little to no coverage of this critical topic. Meanwhile, the number of dissenters continues to rise, as does the number of patients jeopardizing their lives. The first cases of the condition now known as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) were reported in the United States in 1981, when five young males died from severe cases of pneumonia. At the time the disease was thought to be strongly associated with homosexuality and was known as the "gay cancer" or "gay pneumonia" (Duesberg 1996). The number of deaths under similar circumstances rose to over eight hundred in 1982, but it was not until 1984 that Dr. Robert Gallo successfully isolated the human immunodeficiency virus and declared it "the probable cause of AIDS" (Derbyshire 1997).
People are no longer able to have several intimate relationships before marriage without the fear of contracting this death threatening virus (Kübler-Ross 29). In the 1980’s, HIV and AIDS were considered to be “gay diseases”, meaning they could only be contracted by gay men. This conception was proven to be false when children were born with the disease because their mother contracted it. Mother to child transmission of HIV occurs when a woman infected with HIV transmits the virus to her baby ... ... middle of paper ... ...-aids/living-with-hiv-aids/parenting-a-child-with- hiv.html>. Piot, Peter, M.D., Ph.D., and Thomas C. Quinn, M.D.
According to Nicoli Nattrass (2013) “Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) originated from cross-species transmission of the simian immunodeficiency virus from primates to humans. When they first saw it in 1981 scientists didn’t know what this new disease was (Nattrass,” 2013). He also says a significant minority of people in the United States (US) and South African believe that HIV was deliberately created by scientists as a bioweapon. In 1981, the outbreak of AIDS hit the news and shocked the world when they first discovered AIDS in Africa and America. AIDS is sexually transmitted in homogenous sexual community, gay, bisexual, other men, and other men who have sex with men.
No one person or group is safe from contracting this virus; knowledge, and safety is the only way you can protect yourself. However, the first black South African diagnosed with AIDS was in 1987, and currently South Africa is home to over 5.7 million people living with HIV/AIDS, making it the largest population on earth with people infected. (3) Former South African president Thabo Mbeki did not believe that a virus caused AIDS. He, along with other nonbelievers of the scientific knowledge behind the virus felt that AIDS was caused by a weakened immune system. Poverty, he said was the root of AIDS, and in order to end this disease in South Africa, they needed to eradicate poverty.
This in turn, leads to the spread of the disease throughout the heterosexual community. Innocent infants are victims of the disease, born by mothers who are infected with AIDS. It is, of course, true that homosexuals do spread the disease. However, to label AIDS a “gay disease” is nothing less than ludicrous. There are certain precautions that can be taken to control or prevent the spread of AIDS.
The reasoning behind this is that God doesn't like homosexuals, as is interpreted in the bible, and after decades of people going against his wishes, God created AIDS to try and get rid of all homosexuals. Another theory that goes off suspicion is that HIV was created in a laboratory on ‘accident’ when researchers were taking a similar virus, called SIV, from monkeys in hopes of making a vaccine for polio. Yet another theory is that the virus it’s self-got its start in Africa, due to poor sanit... ... middle of paper ... ...t was solely seen as a gay disease, and at the time society was comprised of mostly homophobic individuals. In its infancy, people were terrified of the disease; no one reacted at first due to fear, not even the gay community itself, but just as fear immobilizes, it can be a perpetual motivator. “Watching a generation of gay men wither and die, the nation came to acknowledge the humanity of a community it had mostly ignored and reviled” (Osmond).