Views on the AIDS Epidemic: Introduction

88% of State AIDS Coordinators believe that “AIDS virus testing is more effective at preventing the rate of infection than educational programs” (Bush, 1989). While 96% believes that advertising campaigns for AIDS will help prevent it from the continuous spread. This goes to show that rather than the state coordinators having a spokesperson go to schools to talk to the youth they rather test them. This can cause problems as parents or teens may not be accepting of this for moral reasons or privacy. The best preventative measure is having people who are infected become spokespersons for their community.

As I began studying my first panel which was of Floyd C. Parker, Jr. I noticed that it was more than just what met the eye. With much research, this panel that was seen as plain started to tell a story of Parker, Jr. Once, I chose my second panel I found a connection between the two. Both Parker, Jr. and Pastor Charles F. Krimmel were avid influencers who made a difference in their community by being inspirational leaders who welcomed everyone with open arms.

Although these two men were influencers in different communities and in opposite ways, there’s no doubt that they left a mark on anyone who they made contact with. Parker, Jr. was a member of the UNC Educational Foundation, he was the videographer of these popular basketball games while also being a huge Tar Heel’s fan. He made many connections while working with this program so there’s no doubt he is missed and still well respected. Pastor Charles F. Krimmel a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, was also well respected, as he taught his congregation in the way they should go. Pastor Charles’s panel consists of an entire quilt dedicated to him created by over 30 people across America. This can show how much of an impact he left behind, and that his legacy still continues.

The first case of AIDS was in 1983, at that time majority of people grew frantic, because there wasn’t much prior knowledge readily available of how the disease was spread and preventive measures to reassure one would not become infected. Many believed that if they contracted this deadly disease they were going to either die or be contained in a cell so that they wouldn’t spread it to others. Many people believed that by touching or rubbing against someone with AIDS they were now newly infected, there are way more stipulations than just that. These same people did not know there was a major difference between HIV and AIDS.Others thought that it could never happen to them nor their favorite public figure, but that is not the case neither. Public figures getting this deadly disease has brought the topic to the light, something most try putting on the back burner because it is seen as a taboo topic. Once Magic Johnson, a popular NBA player, Floyd C. Parker, Jr. and  Pastor Charles F. Krimmel contracted this, the people who looked up to these three men shifted thoughts. They wanted to understand more and became very supportive towards their loved ones. When a public figure contracts HIV or AIDS, do they help transform the views of the epidemic?