The Epidemic Of South Africa Essay

755 Words Dec 6th, 2014 4 Pages
AIDS in South Africa AIDS is a relatively new disease that emerged in the 20th century. It has spread to all parts of the world and claims millions of lives each year. It has become a worldwide concern. It has believed to have originated in Africa and had prevailed over the continent ever since . In recent years one of the countries that has been impacted the most is South Africa. South Africa is one of the most developed countries on the continent and yet the county is plagued by AIDS. Nonprofit and governmental organization from all over the world have joined forces to help combat this disease but the rate of infected individuals are still rising. There have been 6.1 million people living with HIV and around 370 000 new cases a year according to the UNAIDS "Global report" from 2013. Though major cities like Jonesburg are vastly developed much of the country still remain rural, which aids in the spread of the disease. The country has the largest retroviral program in the world around but 240 000 people are dying of AIDS related disease each year1. The virus has no regards of social status or race and the ones who suffer the most are the poor and minorities. The poor living conditions, sanitation , sexual habits of the population and the disappointing government efforts in most cases exacerbate the problem. Curbing the spread of HIV had been a major goal since its emergence in 1981 in the sub Saharan Africa (http://www.unaids.org/) . There is an…

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