AIDS and HIV currently make up a global epidemic. Here in the United States, AIDS was first identified as a distinct condition in 1981. This made the United States the first country to recognize the seriousness of the condition.
There are currently close to a million people in the United States infected with HIV or AIDS. Of those million people, nearly a quarter do not realize that they have HIV. This creates a huge risk of onward transmission.
AIDS has affected all sectors of American society. The disease has affected men, women, young and old, black and white, rich and poor, and gay and straight people somewhat equally. The disease has impacted some groups of people more than others. Currently, people under the age of 25 are contracting HIV more than any other age group.
When the disease was first discovered, the “vulnerable” groups were those men who engaged in sex with other men, injecting illicit drug users, hemophiliacs, and Haitians. The disease infects thousands of gay and bisexual men each year. The disease is also becoming a problem among heterosexual African American populations. The Latino population is also experiencing higher rates of infection.
Any individual who has been infected with HIV has an obligation and duty to inform others with whom he or she comes in contact of the condition. AIDS is a serious condition that should be acknowledged.
If you have been infected with HIV or AIDS via someone else’s negligence, contact the Wausau personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to discuss your case and to determine your legal options.