Hiv / Aids : Hiv And Aids

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Throughout the history of South Africa, problems regarding the overall well-being of the country have arisen. One current issue South Africa is currently facing is HIV/AIDS. The disease has been plaguing South Africa as well as other countries throughout the continent. The initialism HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. This disease attacks and destroys the infection-fighting CD4 cells of the immune system. Loss of these cells makes it difficult for the body to fight infections. Without treatment, HIV can gradually destroy the immune system and advance to AIDS. Human immunodeficiency virus is a multistage disease and AIDS is the most advanced stage. AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. According to the World Health Report, South Africa’s health system is ranked 175th in the world, making it one of the lowest in the world. With such a low-quality health system, the disease is easily spreading throughout South Africa quickly. The epidemic has detrimentally affected South Africa’s economy causing low productivity and a reduced labor supply. This, combined with the need for enhanced medical imports and a reduced exportation rate, is causing economic instability for the South African government. With all the negative effects of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, creating a better health system and ensuring healthy citizens must be a priority. In order to achieve healthy and productive citizens, the government must focus on more permanent, cost effective, solution to…

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