Aside from the main focus on the knowledge we’ve learned upon becoming victims of the human immunodeficiency virus, we have also reacted to the problem of the subject in very negative ways as well which also includes the stigma and discrimination against those who take place in the LGBT community. While HIV continues to become a major health problem across the world, it also develops in our communities as a gigantic social problem which leads to destroyed families, broken friendships etcetera. Majority of states within the United States basically allow the discrimination upon sexual preference to take place by the means of getting a job, public accommodations and even finding a housing residence. Dealing with these issues allowed for more prevalence of the disease and somewhat forced those with the sexual preference of homosexuality to become secretive to avoid discrimination and unfair treatment.
“Dealing with the potential consequences of bias and discrimination – job loss, homelessness, lack of healthcare insurance – often results in LGBTQ people engaging in behaviors that facilitate the spread of HIV. For example, in the face of persistent employment discrimination, many transgender women are left with few other options but to engage in survival sex work in order to meet their most basic needs. According to a 2015 survey of more than 27,000 transgender people, ‘The rate of HIV [diagnosis] was…five times higher among those who have participated in sex work at any point in their lifetime’ than among those who have not.” According to HRC.org
Homophobia, being the irrational hatred, intolerance, and fear of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people was at a definite high including the fact that this was during a time where people were more “traditional”. This rarely allowed such a lifestyle for those who wished to live in that manner. The relationship between the pandemic and the LGBT community was always closely knit between each other and not in the way the average person may think. “At the beginning of HIV epidemic, in many countries, gay men and other men who have sex with men were frequently singled out for abuse as they were seen to be responsible for the transmission of HIV.” (Avert.org) As a matter of fact, for a time the HIV and AIDS spread was called the “Gay Plague” by many, especially those who sided with the press and worked alongside the news force.
Could it be that perhaps, there are more places than just America that are suffering from not just the disease but demeaning acts like this? Could it be that maybe it’s just not a world health issue but also a major social problem across the globe? What other place could be taking the brunt of the physical yet emotional damage? These questions could most definitely lie in the outside countries beyond America but also could be specified to even a single city.