Hiv / Aids Is Not A Traditional Security Threat Essay

1964 Words Nov 20th, 2016 8 Pages
HIV/AIDS is not a traditional security threat, but the consequences are just as severe. That its non-violent character only serves to disguise its devastation (Garrett 2005, 11). Freedom from individual want and fear have always been linked with human security, also the access to and control of opportunities and resources. The basic elements of human security include survival, security, opportunity, self-respect, agency and autonomy (Leaning and Arie 2001, 12). These necessities for human security play a critical role in reducing human vulnerability to HIV infection and the impact. However, differences and inequalities between genders affect the extent of which males and females can enjoy the basic security needs. Those deprived of these basic requirements are themselves more highly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS infections and most disadvantaged in managing with the impact it has. Through this paper will discuss, the origins of HIV/AIDS, the securitisation of HIV and AIDS, and the necessary focus on several aspects of the state to understand the full extent of which HIV/AIDS poses an existential threat to international and national securities, and HIV/AIDS prevention.
The first recognition of this new virus HIV/AIDS was discovered in 1981 when increasing the growth of young homosexual men contracted ‘unusual opportunistic infections’ and ‘rare malignancies (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2001, 440).’ The spread of HIV was through sexual, percutaneous, and perinatal…

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