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LAWRENCE                EAGLE-TRIBUNE                        MASS. HEALTH                 CDC

According to the cumulative AIDS cases attained in the first and second analysis of the AIDS pandemic in Essex County, the main problem lies within the injection drug users (IDUs). Accounting for 579 of the total AIDS cases in the USA, approximately 35% of the total AIDS cases, injection drug use has become the prime rate of exposure of HIV/AIDS (16). Strong correlations analyzed in the second paper suggested that IDUs have been associated with poverty and homelessness. Analyzing different factors which may have affected racial/ethnical communities, there are various factors which may incline the White community towards drug use. I also concluded that some of the highest AIDS rates exist in areas of socio-economically depressed communities (places where the average income levels are far below the poverty line) (17). Intravenous drug users have been in such places, because the lower the income the more means in which users need to find their income. My public school, Lawrence High School, which may generally state the adolescent population of the city itself, may have the highest population of Hispanics in one setting (18). Consequently, the immensity of cumulative AIDS cases of the Essex County lies within the intravenous drug users, Hispanic and White communities.

Different communities have different needs, especially when addressing the AIDS pandemic. Massachusetts has made an effort to educate its youth by assuring HIV/AIDS education in all public schools (19, 20). However, this may not be the case, and worse, has proved to not work in preventing similarly transmitted infections (STDs). Since preventing sexual behavior within the youth has not proved useful, distribution of safer-sex materials, such as condoms, may be beneficial toward the community. In Massachusetts, 45%, of teenagers have had sexual intercourse at least once. Similarly, 51% of teenagers do not engage in conversation with their parents about sexuality, sexual behaviors, STDs or pregnancy (19, 21). Moreover, teens who do not receive their sex-education before they engage in sexual activities most likely will not stop despite abstinence lectures. Affirmative responses from students in Massachusetts declare they have had sexual intercourse before the age of 13 (8.1 % of the male population and 2.2% of the female population) (22). If the average age of a student entering high school is 13 or 14, then scholastic prevention is unlikely for these students. However, parental support through media coverage of the AIDS epidemic may be significantly beneficial.