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Bubonic Plague and AIDS

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Treatment From the Public

The Bubonic Plague
The plague affected how people were treated by their family, friends, and their entire communities. Victims of the plague were holed up in their homes, nobody went in and nobody went out. The infected were abandoned by their families and friends, and left for dead. Priests wouldn't see dying people to console them with religion because they were too afraid of contracting the disease. Once dead, the families would throw the decomposing bodies out on the street to be collected by the death cart or bury them in shallow graves.

Today if a person has AIDS, they are looked at in a different light. People who don't know the disease act very cautiously around them, like they'll shy away from hugging or kissing the person, or won't share food or drink. If it is a significant other that has AIDS, the other person will usually be a lot more careful when making decsions such as whether or not to have sexual intercourse. The typical stereotypes are also thrown out when meeting a person with AIDS for the first time. They're irresponsible, they're dirty, they're uneducated, they're gay, etc. However, that's why they're stereotypes. This usually is not the case for people with AIDS.



Author: Brooke Wilder 2006