Hiv / Aids : A Devastating Disease

1482 WordsJul 3, 20156 Pages
HIV/AIDS is a devastating disease that has predominated in Africa due to the long incubation period of the virus, poverty, sexual promiscuousness, urbanization, trading routes, lack of knowledge, medical advances (use of needles, blood transfusion), and gender inequalities. Although the government denied the existence of HIV/ AIDS for many years, they have begun working towards various solutions such as the ABC (Abstinence, Be faithful, and Condom use) method and United States initiatives like PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief). However, there is still more work to be done. Healthcare policies should further HIV prevention interventions, such as providing more access to testing, encouraging behavioral changes (e.g. condom use), and establishing programs that reach and empower women within a patriarchal society. Strengthening the African health system will ultimately reside in strong national leadership and governance in resource-limited settings to improve access and health outcomes for HIV/AIDS patients. Critical Analysis of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Africa Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/ Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is an important global public health concern that has afflicted individuals worldwide for over 30 years. The earliest known cases of HIV infection have been linked to southeast Cameron in western equatorial Africa. Despite the predominance and danger of HIV/AIDS, political response to the epidemic has been inadequate. The
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