Reading Response // Raechel DeSena

In the articles provided, all discussed a similar topic, HIV/AIDS. Though a common topic was used, all articles discussed the topic in a completely different approach. In the article, Why We Fight, the thesis was primarily saying that we, as a nation, are not doing enough in regards to HIV/AIDS; not talking about it enough, not educating enough, not being worried enough, and certainly not caring enough.


In the first chapter of Structural Intimacies: Sexual Stories in the Black AIDS Epidemic, it seemed as though the thesis was providing opinions and stories of those affected by HIV/AIDS in the black community. From what I interpreted, it seemed as though the author was trying to say that the discussion about black men contracting HIV/AIDS has gone unspoken for far too long. The author explains that for a long time, homosexual sexual activity in the black community was, and still is, kept very quiet and secretive, thus not allowing for an open discussion about the dangers of HIV/AIDS.


In the final article, Could Zika be the Next HIV, discusses the Zika virus that is taking the world by storm currently. Though the article’s main purpose seems to be educating the world on what exactly Zika is and how it affects us, the thesis is considering the idea the Zika could be most comparable to HIV. The article talks about how Zika can be contracted and compares it to the similar ways in which HIV can be contracted.


After reading these articles and synthesizing the information, my main argument is that we need to discuss and educated our nation, and the world, on HIV/AIDS and Zika. Before we need to start arguing about what we can do about these issues and what might happen from these diseases, we need the world to even know what we’re talking about. Quiet honestly, when reading these articles, I was incredibly alarmed about how little I knew about this topic. As someone who has been in a public education system since age 5, I was baffled that our nation hasn’t mandated that this type of information be taught and discussed in school. When you look at the articles, it’s obvious that a lot of our nation is in the dark too. People either haven’t been educated enough, don’t care to know because it isn’t affected them yet, or people are too afraid to discuss their personal accounts of their disease. My stance is that we need to put the stigma behind us and start talking. Sure, it can be a hard topic to discuss diseases that are transferred from sex and sharing needles or even mosquitoes, but we need to talk about it. What’s at risk? The risk is people not knowing enough and further spreading this disease. The risk is more people dying everyday.


I looked on the internet to see if there were many programs right now to educate on this topic, and one thing I found was this video:

Though it is a little goofy, this animated video is a great way of starting to educate at a young age. The language is fairly simple and let’s people of various ages know the facts about HIV/AIDS. Things such as this video are a great way to start the discussion and education our world needs.

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