The time my English 1102 class visited the AIDS Quilt Gallery I found the panel of Mitchell David Mucha. His panel was rather simple, but it reflected his job as a doctor. Then I researched the creator of his panel Kenny Sacha who used his influence as an impressionist, actor, and comedian to help people. He made people feel better by making them laugh but also by contributing to AIDS benefits. I can tell that Dr. Mucha did his best to help people during the time he was alive.
His panel leads to the main question of my research essay, “Did doctors discriminate against groups during the 70s and 80s?”.
In 1988 there were 2,974 new cases of AIDS and 1,430 deaths (Straus, 1). It was hard for a lot of people to get things like treatment and medication. People were given confidentiality taking the tests anonymously, but even that didn’t prevent discrimination on specific groups. According to AIDS in the ‘80s, doctors were debating whether or not they had a moral obligation to treat AIDS patients and nurses refused to take food to hospitalized patients (Christensen, 1). Between the 1970s and 1980s, at the height of HIV/AIDS crisis in the US, victims of the disease were experiencing excessive discrimination when seeking medical help for their disease. Women, children, and minorities faced worse discrimination, sometimes having their illness altogether ignored. In fact, because many of these minority groups were not provided help, some died at rates that were twice that of dominant social groups, specifically white males. The following research details the problems that these minority groups faced.