What I’ve learned this year is that AIDS is still a major deal.

This semester, the main focus of the class was to create a class portfolio about AIDS. With the CDC centered in Atlanta, AIDS has a major part in the history of the city. My primary source talks mainly about the history of  the CDC and the role it played in the history of AIDS from the initial reports to the hopes for the future from its publication date of 2011.

What I’ve learned this year is that technology is changing everything.

It is no surprise that we are in perhaps the most technologically advanced age in the history of mankind. With the newest iPhone coming out every other month, and cars now being able to drive themselves, technology is no enemy. It helps with the unification of the world, information-gathering, and the advancement of medicine. However, despite all these technological advancements, there is still no cure for AIDS. Even so, we cannot forget the efforts of doctors at the CDC such Dr. Jim Curran and Dr. Johnathan Mann who lead the charge against AIDS in the 1980s-90s and whose works are the base of the medication known today. My primary source highlights the efforts of the CDC and some individual doctors whose work have been monumental in the fight against AIDS both globally and at home in the CDC (although it was mostly CDC doctors).

What I’ve learned this year is that AIDS is not gone.

Even though AIDS isn’t exactly a topic I would find interesting, the research and the primary source made it an enjoyable and interesting research topic. Through my primary source, I learned the history of the CDC during the initial AIDS epidemic, but not the present or the future. Through the research done for my primary source analysis, I learned that in 2011, the WHO estimated about 34 million people were living with HIV/AIDS. Although it is out of the public eye, HIV/AIDS is still a very big thing. There is preventative medication and medication that can slow the disease, but there is no cure for the disease.

At least not yet.

World Heatlh Organization (2011). Progress Report Summary 2011. http://www.who.int/hiv/pub/progress_report2011/summary_en.pdf?ua=1