An appropriate day to start this blog I think. Let’s kick things off with some stats:
AIDS is the sixth leading cause of death among people ages 25 - 44 in the United States, down from number one in 1995.
The World Health Organization estimates that more than 25 million people worldwide have died from this infection since the start of the epidemic.
- In 2008, there were approximately 33.4 million people around the world living with HIV/AIDS, including 2.1 million children under age 15.
- Approximately 1.1 million persons are living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, and more than 56,000 new infections occur every single year.
Federal health officials documented the first cases of AIDS on June 5, 1981. Despite the United States Public Health Service declaring AIDS to be it’s “number one priority” in 1983, President Ronald Reagan, who held office from 1980 to 1988, did not say the world AIDS in public until 1987. Around this disease a culture sprang up, a culture sprang up that included theater, art, film, music and more. This blog’s interest is in how each of these narratives of an illness compare to one another and what they say about the AIDS crisis in America.