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Bubonic Plague and AIDS

Home | Origin of the Bubonic Plague and AIDS | Common Myths and Misconceptions | Symptoms | Treatment Options | Spread of the Diseases | Treatment From the Public | Positions of Power: How Did They React? | Impact on the World | Comparing and Contrasting the Bubonic Plague and AIDS | Bibliography








Impact on the World

Bubonic Plague
 
The huge population loss had  profound effect on the economy. There weren't enough people to fill all the empty jobs. There were no artisans or apprentices left. Peasents wanted higher wages because of the demand for their work. Farms were abandoned because the owners had either died off or run away to escape the disease. The church suffered greatly. A group called the Flagallent Brahren beleived the plague was brought upon sinners from God, so they roamed the continent, whipping sinners so the disease would not infect them because they had already been punished. People began to question why their prayers had not been answered and lost a lot of their trust in the church. Medieval monarchs also opposed the church and took charge in the government when the church officials didn't pay their taxes and interfered in political matters. Random outbreaks of the plague continued until the 1600's, when it finally died out. Western Europe did not fully recover from their losses for over 100 years.  

HIV/AIDS
 
There are over 100 independent charities and organizations supporting AIDS research and treatment worldwide. Celebrities such as Pink, Angelina Jolie, Madonna,  Benji and Joel Madden, John Mayer, Ziggy Marley, and many others donate thousands of dollars a year and speak on behalf of awareness campaigns each year. More then 40 million people worldwide are living with AIDS today.   



Author: Brooke Wilder 2006