The Epidemiology of the AIDS Pandemic

Historical, Cultural, Political, Societal Perspectives and Knowledge of HIV

Authors

  • Connor Baucom Kean University
  • Jeremy Bate Kean University
  • Shirley Ochoa Kean University
  • Ilidio Santos Kean University
  • Ayten Sergios Kean University
  • Laura Lorentzen Kean University
  • Kristie Reilly Kean University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47611/jsr.v8i2.781

Keywords:

AIDS, HIV, History, culture, politics, society, transmission, treatment, prevention

Abstract

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a bloodborne pathogen that targets the body’s immune system by attacking T cells. Having originated from Simian Immunodeficiency Virus, the first confirmed case was discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the 1980s, the AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) pandemic began, and by the end of that decade, the World Health Organization reported the presence of HIV in 145 countries and nearly 400,000 cases worldwide. This rapid spread left the scientific community perplexed, and the general population scared. Our literature review explores which factors led to the rapid global spread of HIV. Through historical records and peer-reviewed articles, we sought to uncover and piece together practical applications to enhance understanding of the history and knowledge of potential dangers in the spread of future pandemics.

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Author Biographies

Jeremy Bate, Kean University

Student, School of Natural Sciences, Kean University, Union NJ 07083, USA

Shirley Ochoa, Kean University

Student, School of Natural Sciences, Kean University, Union NJ, 07083

Ilidio Santos, Kean University

Student, School of Natural Sciences, Kean University, Union NJ 07083 USA

Ayten Sergios, Kean University

Student, School of Natural Sciences, Kean University, Union NJ 07083 USA

Laura Lorentzen, Kean University

Associate Professor, School of Natural Sciences, Kean University, Union NJ 07083 USA

Kristie Reilly, Kean University

Professor, School of Natural Sciences, Kean University, Union NJ 07083 USA

[email protected]

Published

2019-12-31

How to Cite

Baucom, C., Bate, J., Ochoa, S., Santos, I., Sergios, A., Lorentzen, L., & Reilly, K. (2019). The Epidemiology of the AIDS Pandemic: Historical, Cultural, Political, Societal Perspectives and Knowledge of HIV. Journal of Student Research, 8(2). https://doi.org/10.47611/jsr.v8i2.781

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