MSM Impact on HIV/AIDS Infection

MSM IMPACT ON HIV/AIDS INFECTION 5

MSMImpact on HIV/AIDS Infection

Abstract

Thisbrief paper is a proposal topic selection for the position paper dueat the end of the Scope of Human Services course. Presented is thegeneral topic of the paper along with the reason for why the topicwas chosen. Also briefly presented is the specific learning goal ofthe project that is related to the course goals listed on the coursesyllabus.

MSMImpact on HIV/AIDS Infection

HIV/AIDSis a disease that was once believed to be a disease that affectedonly those with a specific sexual orientation or who lived in certainparts of the world. However, HIV/AIDS is now known to be a diseasethat does not discriminate. Accordingto Center for Disease Control (2013), thereare1.1 million HIV patients in the United States with 18 percent of thembeing unaware of their status.

Thenumber of people infected in the United States is certainly alarminghowever, the rate of infection has remained relatively stable overthe years. This stability can be largely attributed to humanservices’ focus on prevention, awareness, and treatment. That focushas been designed to reach the U.S. on a national scale. With therate of new incidents stabilized on a national scale, the rate of newinfections amongst men who have sex with men (MSM) is still alarming.According to Center for Disease Control (2013), the new HIV diagnosesrate for the MSM in the U.S is 44 times more than that of other menand 40 times more than that of women.

Thesis

Thediscussion and research in this paper will illustrate that MSM is thecause of new cases of HIV/AIDS among men.

NullHypothesis

Menwho have MSM are at a higher risk of being infected with HIV/AIDS.

AlternativeHypothesis

Menwho are MSM are not at a higher risk of being infected with HIV/AIDS.

ResearchQuestion

Whatis the impact of MSM on the new infections of HIV/AIDS among men?

Thepurpose of human services is to meet needs via a knowledge base thatfocuses on prevention and remediation of problems (NationalOrganization for Human Services, 2013).The field is about maintaining a commitment to improving the overallquality of life of human beings. HIV/AID is one of the mostthreatening diseases in existence. The prevalence of HIV among theMSM and impact of their behavior on the infection rate is the mainreason for initiating this study. The study also intends to explorethe effect of HIV/AIDS on the men population and how the part of thepopulation is affected by the problem.

Thisstudy will further investigate the characteristics of populationsthat are most affected by new incidents of HIV/AIDS in the UnitedStates in an effort to better understand the extent of the problem.To achieve this, the study will research community based humanservice methods that have proven to be most effective in preventativeefforts in addition to investigating how these methods can beimplemented in the demographics most affected by HIV/AIDS to decreasethe rate of new infections. Holistically, the goal of this project isconcurrent with the goals of this course as it demonstrates howtheoretical concepts and focuses of human services can impactemerging and existing issues in modern day society.

HIV/AIDis a disease that knows no distinction amongst human beings. Theholistic human services approach of addressing this disease hasresulted in the stabilization of the rate of new incidents in theUnited States. The focus should now be decreasing the rate and humanservices will play a huge role in this effort. A strategic focus ofcommunity based human services resources on the populations mostaffected by new cases of HIV/AIDS would likely result in a decreaseof new incidents nationwide. This study will demonstrate thetheoretical and conceptual components of the field of human servicesthat support this position by exploring the impact of the disease onMSM men.

References

Centerfor Disease Control. (2013). HIVand AIDS in America: A snapshot. Retrievedfrom&lthttp://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/HIV-and-AIDS-in-America-A-Snapshot-508.pdf&gtMarch 3, 2015

NationalOrganization for Human Services. (2013). Whatis human service? Retrievedfrom &lthttp://www.nationalhumanservices.org/what-is-human-services&gtMarch 3, 2015