- NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt-Freddie Mercury
- The Discrimination of Stigma
- Work Cited
When AIDS was first discovered, the initial cases were a cluster of injecting drug users and homosexual men. Eventually, more homosexual men were infected with a rare skin cancer disease and a rare case of pneumonia which eventually led to the CDC having to create a task force to monitor the outbreak. Since this was a newly discovered disease, the CDC did not have an official name for the disease. Many different terms were coined for this new disease such as the 4H disease (because it would only infect heroin users, homosexuals, hemophiliacs, and Haitians) but was later changed to GRID which stood for gay-related immune deficiency. However, after it was discovered that AIDS was not isolated to just the gay community, the term became misleading which led to the CDC finally using the term AIDS. However, because of the misleading term used to first describe this disease, this led to the stigma behind AIDS to rise not only against the gay community but any minorities such as women and African-Americans.
For this essay, I will be talking about the different types of stigma that arose because of AIDS and who they were against. This will hopefully provide more information behind the discrimination among not just the gay community but to other people as well. I will be discussing the three categories of AIDS stigma and the violence that arose along with the consequences to people who needed to seek treatment and help. However, I will also be discussing what is being done to help people understand AIDS and how discrimination is being dealt with among people.