HIV/AIDS Public Health Policies: A Comparison Between South Africa and Cuba

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HIV/AIDS is still a current public health concern for all countries of the world. Research has helped progress the education and treatment of the virus, but some areas of the world still have difficulty with this public health concern. Out of all developing countries, South Africa has one of the highest percentages of their population living with HIV/AIDS while Cuba has one of the lowest percentages of their population living with the virus. In this paper, the public health policies of South Africa and Cuba regarding treatment, prevention and transmission will be discussed and compared. South Africa is one of the countries that are part of Sub-Saharan Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS infected people in…show more content…
The government of South Africa still continues to deal with the above issues in order to deal with their population that is infected with HIV/AIDS. The NSP of 2007 set goals to deal with the problem of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Their primary goals were to reduce the amount of new HIV/AIDS infected people by 50% and improve the care and support to infected individuals, their families, and the community (South African Government Information, 2007). The plan focuses on educating the public about voluntary testing, empowering women, discussing domestic violence, and sexual education between parents and children (South African Government Information, 2007). By educating the public on how to prevent HIV exposure, the rate of newly infected individuals will dwindle. Through the NSP, the South African government has set up a plan for universal healthcare for people with HIV/AIDS. Public and private sector entities joined and created a comprehensive healthcare plan so their citizens can obtain the care that the need for treatment for HIV/AIDS. Treatment also includes the antiviral medication needed to treat HIV/AIDS as well as screening for tuberculosis. The NSP also addresses high risk groups such as orphans and the poor, providing food and baby formula to families dealing with the disease, increasing healthcare centers and increasing the staff to meet the needs of the community (South African Government Information, 2007). The NSP covers all

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