The introduction tells us about Mary Fisher's asking the Republican Party to lift the shroud of silence draped around the issue of HIV and AIDS, three months prior to the speech. Then she says that she has come there that night (the night of the speech) to end the silence, to bring the hidden and darkened subject of AIDS to light, to expose it and its meanings in front of the world.
In the body of the speech, Mary clearly describes AIDS as an epidemic, stating the huge numbers of lives taken by it- 250,000 are dead or dying because of it and a 1,000,000 more are infected. She adds by saying that between 40 and 100 million more will be infected within only a few years! She rightfully says that AIDS doesn't distinguish between men and women, black and white, gay or straight- it attacks everyone. She continues and tells about her own experience dealing with AIDS, being someone who is also suffering from the disease. She calls for accepting and internalizing the fact that AIDS is no distant threat, but an immediate one which is happening today and claiming many lives; therefore, it should not be hidden and ignored, but exposed to the public and be dealt with. The Techniques Used in the Introduction of the Speech: Bush's Message to Saddam and The Whisper of AIDS.
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