African-Americans and AIDS (The Untold Story)
African-Americans and "AIDS" (The Untold Story)
Why are "Black People" still dying of (AIDS) while other Races are not?
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This book is a work of non-fiction. It addresses issues surrounding the huge disparity between the African-American ratio of "Newly" HIV infection rate when compared to other races. These are the facts: Black women are becoming infected with HIV at a rate (24) times greater than that of White women. Black Youth (13-19) only make up (15%) of the population, yet they make up (73%) of new HIV/AIDS diagnosis of their age category. Black men make up (41%) of New HIV infections. Bi-sexuality accounts for skyrocketting New "male-to-female" transmission. The purpose of this book is to raise "Awareness!" And to stop this deadly trend. African-Americans and "AIDS" is a book that is expressed in the form of a story. The time-line of the story begins in the turbulent decade of the 1960’s. In retrospect, this era marks the precursor for HIV/AIDS. There were two notable changes that occurred in the mid 1960’s, providing the gateway for the HIV virus to ignite and quickly spread; especially among the younger generation: sexual freedom and illegal drug usage. Not long afterwards, both became epidemics. These two catastrophic epidemics continued to spread and has now reached Generation Y (Born 1981-1995), today's "Black Youth." And these are the ones most affected by the AIDS crisis today. Beginning in the 1970s, the transition from a conservative, family-oriented, religious nation soon became a nation of radical, rebellious young citizens that fought against a system that governed its people. This downward spiral began to manifest itself in the form of babies being born out-of-wedlock; a surge in violent crimes, and a substantial increase of young Black men becoming incarcerated. Sexual freedom became standard behavior. This back-drop of circumstances set the stage to ignite the spread of the HIV virus in Black communities.



The Untold Story of African-Americans and AIDS is, indeed, a story worth telling.  It is a story long over-due.  The setting of the story begins in the turbulent 1960’s.  This decade will forever be marked in history as the decade of great change for America.  Because of the many changes that occurred during the 1960’s; subsequently, there was a great moral decline in American culture.  Sexual-freedom became the most destructive aspect of that downward moral spiral.  It also became the gateway for the HIV virus to ignite and quickly spread; mounting into a full-scale epidemic by the early 1980’s. However, as far as the medical community is concerned, the story began in the late 1970’s.  During the latter end of this decade, doctors began noticing a cluster of patients who began displaying a variety of unusual and quite unique symptoms of an unknown origin.  The first clusters were observed and noted in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  These symptoms were not indicative of any disease previously studied, or encountered.  When an increasing number of patients in various hospitals around the country began displaying the same symptoms as observed in the initial clusters in New York and California, this caught the attention of the medical community across state lines in the United States. 


By 1980, it became evident that these were not just a few isolated cases, but in fact, more and more patients were coming down with the exact same symptoms.  The most notable and outstanding symptoms were:  rapid weight loss, high fever, fatigue, diarrhea, night sweats, swollen lymph glands, thrush, Kaposi’s sarcoma and the onset of Pneumocystisc Carinii Pneumonia (PCP), and in some cases Tuberculosis.  This combination of symptoms indicated to doctors that some new disease had arrived.  Not only did they recognize that this was, indeed, a new disease, they also discovered that it did not respond to any medication currently on the market.  Thereafter, patient after patient continued to decline.  Doctors were helpless and unable to pinpoint or treat the unidentified disease itself, so their only option was to treat symptoms as they manifested in each patient.  But there was nothing they could do to improve, or repair the already seriously damaged immune system of each patient.  This was cause for alarm in the medical community.  Even with treating some of the symptoms, most patients continued to decline, due to underlying, unknown elements and components of the mystery disease.  Therefore, most patients died within the year, or shortly thereafter.  The more healthy victims survived a few years at best.  These unique set of symptoms that were being noted by doctors in America were also getting the attention of other doctors around the globe during the same time frame.  Grave concern began to set in globally within and among the medical community, due to the unknown cause of these very serious symptoms.  Since little information had been acquired about the mystery disease at this stage; the medical community and health department were not prepared to go public with their discovery (even after studying Wasting-Away patients for at least three (3) years) even up until 1980. 


At this stage of observation and study; it was not known if the disease was contagious.  It was not clear to doctors just how the disease was acquired.  To avoid public hysteria, the medical community decided to wait until more information became availabl

Lessie Myles, author of “A Story Worth Telling” and “Bearing Fruit” releases her most compelling work yet in “African-Americans and AIDS” (The Untold Story). This author is qualified to write about AIDS because she is a member of CART (Center for AIDS Research & Treatment). CART is led by a team of Infectious Diseases Specialists dually credentialed as HIV Specialists by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. CART is the largest New York State designated HIV/AIDS Center on Long Island, New York. As an African-American woman who has been around since the beginning of the AIDS crisis (when the suffering and dying of Black people were at its peak in the early 1980’s), gives her special insight on specific barriers faced by the African-American race today. These barriers are the root cause of escalating HIV statistics that continues to plague Black people of all backgrounds and ethnicities. Her desire and quest is to reverse the current trend of fast growing HIV victims that is sweeping across the entire African-American race. The purpose of this book is to raise “Awareness” concerning hidden, high-risk factors that are currently being overlooked. These risk factors account for the remarkable increase of HIV infection across gender and age lines. In 2002, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) report reflected that the African-American race had a substantially higher incidence of HIV infection than other races. It became apparent to this author that the African-American race, as a whole, did not get the bad news. Instead of seeing a decline in the (2005) CDC report, there was a substantial increase. In (2006), the grim news grew even worse. Statistics show that African-Americans are becoming infected with HIV at a rate ten (10) times that of other races.


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