This virus attacks the body’s immune system. HIV has affected many States worldwide. Texas is one of the states that have been affected by this virus. To understand the impact that HV has on this state, it will be beneficial to know the background of this state, background of HIV outbreak, the way it’s being controlled, and the barriers that Texas faces. Before HIV became an issue in Texas, there were other historical events that were happening with Texas. The first European settlers in Texas were the Spanish missionaries (History Channel). The European settlers were the ones who founded San Antonio in 1718 (History Channel).Controlling HIV Outbreak in Texas Paper
Texas was sparsely populated because of the hostile Native Americans and the isolation from other Spanish colonies (History Channel). Texas was sparsely populated until after the Revolutionary War and the War of Mexican Independence (History Channel). The newly established Mexican Government allowed the U.S. to claim land (History Channel). Population explosion followed, but reduced the percentage of the population with Mexican heritage (History Channel). This led to some tension and this is when the Texas Revolution broke out (History Channel). This is what led Texas to become an independent nation in 1835 (History Channel).
The Texas Republic had troubles defending itself from further issues with Mexican troops and this is when Texas discussed with the United States to join the union (History Channel). This is when Texas became a state on December 29, 1845. In size Texas is 268,597 square miles, and as of 2010 had a population of 25,145,561 (History Channel).Between January 2003 and December 2007 the number of individuals in Texas living with HIV increased by 5% (Texas Department of State Health Services 2008, Hatton 2011). In December 31, 2006 around 70,577 of HIV/AIDS cases were reported since the start of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s (Texas Department of State Health Services 2010, Hatton 2011). In 2006 Texas had the 4th highest number of cases in the United States (CDC 2006, Hatton 2011). In 2006 the highest rate of HIV cases were in urban areas such as Harris and Dallas ( Haton, 2011).