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Although the world has come a long way since the discovery of HIV and AIDS in 1976 in Norway, or during the early 1980's when HIV and AIDS became known in the United States, there are still so many assumptions, stigmas and judgments that go along with having this now, 100% livable disease.
In the past, HIV and AIDS were thought of as diseases for homosexuals and drug addicts, but time has taught us how untrue this really is.
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Although statistics show that homosexual men, "…count for more than half (53%) of all new HIV infections in the U. each year, as well as nearly half (48%) of people living with HIV," women consist of more than 15 million of the world population living with HIV or AIDS, and children make up more than 2 million of the HIV and AIDS world infected population.
In fact, in the United States alone, "Individuals infected [with HIV/AIDS] through heterosexual contact account for 31% of annual new HIV infections and 28% of people living with HIV." These statistics should show you that male, female, child, teenager, adult, homosexual, heterosexual, or bisexual can become victim, and that no matter how you were infected with this disease, you are not alone.
If your mental health symptoms are affecting your ability to cope or live a productive life, it’s important to get professional help as well.