AIDS epidemic

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Problem Components
Policy issue area: Science
Policy issue: Health
Description: The number of AIDS cases is climbing rapidly, with no end in sight.
Symptoms: 1.5 million are believed to be exposed to the disease; by 1993 estimated 270,000 cases and 179,000 deaths; annual death toll of 54,000; medical costs will be $8 billion to $16 billion.
Causes: Sexual permissiveness; drug abuse.
Cost of problem: -
Solution Components
Resources: Medical research institutes; health care facilities; Federal government.
Goal: Halt the spread of AIDS, and develop cure/prevention.
Program area: Health development
Program-remedy: 1. Increase spending on research to prevent and cure -- $ 1 billion for research and $1 billion for education
2. Develop coordinated Federal, state and local government approach to handle the cases
3. Implement strong educational programs aimed at adolescents and other groups at risk.
Program-prevent: Develop a global strategy to combat AIDS.
Cost of program: -
Beneficiaries: Groups at risk due to life-styles; general population exposed indirectly to virus.

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