In 1981, the United States formally identified AIDS as a distinct condition. By recognizing this in 1981, the US was the first country to identify AIDS as a serious problem. With that in mind, it would seem that the United States would be less affected by the disease. While the country does not have the rates of infection that some of the countries of Africa have, there are still more than a million people living with AIDS in the United States.
Of the million or so people with HIV or AIDS, roughly a quarter of them do not realize that they have the disease and could unknowingly pass it on to others. The lack of knowledge in roughly 250,000 infected HIV carriers creates a huge risk of onward infection.
HIV and AIDS have a tendency to affect all sectors of American society. It has affected men, women, young and old, black and white, gay and straight, and rich and poor in pretty equal numbers. Despite this, historically, AIDS/HIV has affected some demographics more than others.
Due to its original prevalence among gay men, it was originally thought to be a disease that was part of being a homosexual. In the early years, other vulnerable groups included injecting illegal drug users, hemophiliacs, and Haitians.
Currently, there is a growing rate of infection among African Americans. The Latino population is being infected in greater numbers as well.
Anyone with AIDS or HIV has a duty to his or her partners to take the necessary precautions to prevent the transmission of HIV and AIDS to others.
If you have been infected with HIV due to a careless former significant other, contact the Lake Geneva personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 1-800-275-1729 to discuss your case and to determine your legal options.