Hiv / Aids Has Stunted The Progression Of African Economy And Education System

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According to Feldman and Miller, HIV is a virus that breaks down the immune system of the host it possesses (Feldman xxvi). AIDS is sometimes called full blown HIV, as it is believed to be a direct effect of HIV (Feldman xxviii). AIDS is more serious and causes more casualties, and when it develops to its fuller extent, there’s nearly nowhere to go but down. HIV can be spread by, needle sharing, breast-feeding, blood transfusions, vomit to an open wound, and organ transplants. In second and third world countries with limited resources, such as South Africa, these activities are not monitored or sanitized and the risk of attainting HIV/AIDS is high. By affecting over twelve percent of South Africa’s population since its first diagnosis in 1983 and adding to the country’s existing economic decline and education inequalities, HIV/AIDS has stunted the progression of the South African economy and education system. If the economic and educational resource gaps between people living in third world countries, such as South Africa, and first world, such as the United States, were smaller, HIV/AIDS would not have made as big of an impact as it did and the country would not be in a continuous cycle of decline.
Since the Industrial Revolution in the 1800s, Africa has been the slowest-growing continent in the world (Hunter 55). It has also been the poorest, with fifteen of the world’s twenty poorest countries on the continent and 47% of the population living below the poverty line,…

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