Culture and Disease Paper
July 11, 2011
AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is a very deadly STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease). AIDS starts out as HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). HIV attacks the immune system, and it causes the immune system to weaken. This causes the body to become vulnerable to a large variety of diseases, viruses, and bacteria. AIDS is the final stage of HIV (AIDS, 2011).
African Americans count for nearly half of the HIV/AIDS cases in 2007. The percentage of African Americans diagnosed with HIV or AIDS was 46% in 2007. In 2006, 65% of African Americans that were diagnosed with HIZV or AIDS were men. There are many factors why African Americans are the highest race or ethnicity diagnosed with HIV or AIDS (CDC, 2011).
One factor is African Americans are more susceptible to having unprotected sex with multiple partners. Many people have unprotected sex with multiple partners, but African Americans seem to have higher numbers than any other race or ethnic group. This group has higher number of cases of STDs than any other group in the United States. This behavior could be passed on from parental upbringing, or peer pressure. This behavior could be more popular in low-income areas.
Another factor is drug usage. Sharing needles can transfer HIV or AIDS from one person to another. Chronic users have a very high risk in obtaining these diseases if sharing unclean needles. Peer pressure, parental upbringing, or addiction may play a large part in the drug usage.
The largest environmental factor that African Americans must face is their living environment. Everyone can abuse drugs, have unprotected sex, or come into contact with contaminated blood, but these cases seem to be much higher in low-income areas. In low-income areas, people will do anything to survive or leave the area. This may include drug use, sex with multiple partners, and...