Tragic diseases of the 20th century

One of the most tragic diseases of the 20th century would have to be Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, more commonly known simply as AIDS. AIDS was a disease that came into the limelight in the early 80′s, the sad part of this discovery is that it only came to recognized as a problem when it was brought to public attention by the illness of one of the most famous public figures of the acting world; Rock Hudson. Many people, after learning of Hudson’s years of homosexuality, judged AIDS to be a ‘deserved’ disease, which is why the AIDS Council strives to educate people.

The fact of the matter is that AIDS is not a disease of judgment, it is a disease that can strike anyone who has been put at risk, whether intentionally or innocently. Once upon a time people, in their ignorance, believed that only drug users or homosexuals were stricken with the AIDS virus. The truth is that anyone who has received a blood transfusion, come into contact with contaminated matter or had sexual contact with someone who was infected with the virus is at risk.

One of the best ways to help prevent this terrible disease is with knowing the correct information on the subject. Arming the public with the correct information on exactly how AIDS is contracted and how to lessen chances of infection are vital tools in this war. Although educating the populace would seem like an easy task, unfortunately, some people prefer to adhere to the old adage; “ignorance is bliss”. Many choose to simply turn their hearing off when the word “AIDS” is even uttered. The goal of the AIDS Council is to help people open their ears to the knowledge and their hearts to the ones who are suffering from this disease.