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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1988 - Issues. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 21, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19176.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1988 - Issues. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19176

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Transcript Black Death of the '80s Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, known as the "Black Death of the '80s," is a mysterious virus that attacks the body's immune system and leaves the person vulnerable to death by any number of lesser viruses. AIDS, as it has become called, has been likened to the blackdeath of the 14th century because of the mysterious mode of transmission, the violence perpetrated on those listed as high risk groups, and the ignorance of the populace as a whole. Religious zealots have repeatedly claimed that God has sent the AIDS virus as punishment for promiscuity and homosexuality. It was also the church that claimed that God had sent the blackdeath to punish Europe for allowing nonchristians to exist in their midst. The scientific community says that the disease which seems to have originated in Africa, comes from unknown origin, but claim that it isn't a punishment sent from God to smite an evil world. They claim that ignorance is the primary reason that the disease has not been contained. Whatever the reason, no matter who claims to know why AIDS has destroyed countless lives, the problem is still the same. The disease is spreading through the world like Chicken Pox spread through the native American Indians in the 19th century. Ignorance has only helped spread AIDS throughout the world's population in an incredibly short time. The first cases in the U.S. were reported in 1981. Since then many Americans have felt the blow of AIDS either personally or by association. The American Medical Association released figures that claimed the cost of caring for AIDS patients in the '80s and '90s will more than triple. They also said that an effective vaccine is years from perfection at this time, for they are only just now understanding how the virus works. However, it is not the cost that is the problem. AIDS is thought to be transmitted through sexual contact, intravenous drug use and blood transfusions. Each method brings more people into contact with the virus than would normally have been put at risk. High-risk groups include homosexuals, bisexual men, intravenous drug users and prostitutes; but when doctors treat an injured person in a hospital and that person is an AIDS carrier, he risks contracting the virus, when a person sets up the needle for a blood transfusion within the AIDS carrier another person is put at risk, the list goes on and on. Each of these people could reduce their risk of contracting the virus through proper protection. 60 University of Houston