Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), is the final stage of a disease that affects the human immune system. This disease was first known as GRID, which stood for gay-related immunodeficiency. This name came from the fact that many of the people infected were from the gay community. AIDS is deadly disease around the world, and it hit hard in America in the early 1980s. When the epidemic first came about, many were blind to the modes of contraction, as well as to who contracted it. This ultimately led to many false assumptions, as well as the isolation of certain groups of people. From the 1980s to present time, people have become more educated, and more is known about AIDS. Through government action and lack thereof, medical advances, and social awareness, the American view of AIDS has changed to a more knowledgeable and positive prospective.