Cdominguez Week 4

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BIOL368/S20:Week 1 user:cdominguez BIOL368/S20:Class Journal Week 1
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BIOL368/S20:Week 14 cdominguez Week 14 BIOL368/S20:Class Journal Week 14


To understand the realities of AIDS as a disease that afflicts populations of people around the world in a sociocultural context in order to better understand the importance of studying such a disease.

Chapter Summary

Myth 2

  • scientific language is mixed with harmful stereotypical assumptions and opinions on the types of lifestyles that propagate AIDS
  • economic insecurity, gender, race, labor migration, and conflict can influence choices that can lead to people to put themselves at risk
  • poverty plays a major role in limiting choices that other people may think everyone has
  • sex work is indicative of the economic insecurity in some areas in which women participate for financial survival
  • often the solution rests on cultural changes of individual people's choice and not in changing societal implications such as female controlled prevention or counseling programs
  • socioeconomic factors and pressures can affect men's choices and priorities especially in sex safe practices
  • cycles of HIV happen with HIV born children who are victim to the socioeconomic society in which their parents were infected
  • ethnic minorities are highest majority afflicted with HIV
  • AIDS is seen in conjunction with domestic and sexual violence which statistically is seen with lower condom use
  • armed conflict and war increase movement and travel between places causing increased transmission of HIV

Myth 3

  • The myth is that developing countries should not be targets for AIDS relief due to corruption in their local government
  • Corruption exists in all parts of the world and does not just effect developing countries
  • There is greater effort in ending corruption as well as institutions that monitor HIV relief efforts although countries with corruptions have been able to successfully implement relief programs
  • access to technology has allowed more people to be able to combat the problem of corruptness
  • Anticorruption agencies have been implemented to reduce government corruption
  • Treatment Action Campaign is an example of a citizen run initiative to put pressure on their government to increased AIDS initiatives
  • Both corruption and AIDS can be fought simultaneously where one does not require the other to be exterminated
  • Brazil is an example of a country with political corruption that has implemented AIDS relief efforts that have effectively distributed AIDS medications and treatment options
  • Uganda serves as an example of a government's role in AIDS prevention and awareness that allowed for conversation and action to take place
  • Organizations such as the Thai Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS focus on reducing price of treatment

Refined Question

How does the grouping of progressor status of subjects and analysis of data of subjects (including initial genetic variation of Subject 9 and 15) influence findings and generalization of the data to the population?


Understanding the factors that effect the choices of people at risk for HIV is important to findings new ways to combat the disease. The myths that surround HIV as a disease also effect the allocation of resources which is an important aspect of stopping the spread of HIV. Overall, it is important to fully be aware of the realities of such a disease in terms of sociocultural factors and how this play into the science of HIV.


  • I worked with User: adinulos for this assignment during class where we discussed how to refine our research question.
  • Except for what is noted above, this individual journal entry was completed by me and not copied from another source.

Cdominguez (talk) 14:54, 10 February 2020 (PST)


  • Irwin, A. C., Millen, J. V., & Fallows, D. (2003). Global AIDS: myths and facts: tools for fighting the AIDS pandemic. South End Press.
  • OpenWetWare. (2020). BIOL368/S20:Week 4. Retrieved February 11, 2020, from