Last year marked the twentieth anniversary of the recognition of a
new pandemic called Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.
Over time, the landscape of AIDS policy, politics, research, and
epidemiology have shifted dramatically to engulf individuals, communities,
states and nations in a battle to ward off mass destruction resulting from
the spread of AIDS. Despite
growing attention to the issue, solutions for curbing the spread of AIDS
have largely been elusive.
progression of the disease in the
is similar to its evolution in the world:
black and brown people are disproportionately the sufferers of the
AIDS epidemic. While an
analysis of the global implications of AIDS on poor nations of color is an
important and necessary undertaking, this essay will maintain a narrow
analytical lens in considering the plight of people of African descent
living in the
United States of America
. It is the hope that this
will illuminate community processes that could prove useful in efforts to
mobilize individuals and communities elsewhere.
Introduction - AIDS Pandemic
The Changing Face of AIDS
AIDS and Community Mobilization
LEANING ON THE 'CONSCIENCE OF THE CONGRESS'
CONTINUED CHALLENGES IN THE THIRD DECADE