Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The U.S. handling the rise of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, versus how Uganda and Thailand.
In Thailand the use of condoms basically became mandatory due to goverment regulations. Thailand and Uganda were the two developing nations which experienced a drop in HIV infection rates and practiced prevention. Uganda was the first country to report its AIDS cases. In the 1980s these countries had extremely high HIV infection rates, but the government responded quickly. After prevention through education and the promotion of safe sex practices they experienced a decline in HIV rates. Theses goverments demonstrated a commitmnet to understand and address this problem. Outstanding progression was taking place and the infection was remaining stable or even decreasing in the 1980s-1990s. The United States however was sluggish from the start. HIV/AIDS was discriminated it was a virus that had been killing so many yet the goverment was turning away and society was in rage. The goverment could not see that education and organizations would help this battle. It took time for society to come to an understanding of what exactly HIV/AIDS was. Children were being kicked out of schools, segregation was taking place, gays were causing riots, and thousands were dying. The US however has grown from this and today HIV/AIDS is stable and decreasing.