The Link Between Aids And Poverty

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The Connection of AIDS to Poverty and Societal Values in Sub Saharan Africa
Sub Saharan Africa is a region located on the southern end of the African continent made up of 29 diverse countries that contain different languages, cultures, and resources. The people of Sub Saharan Africa rely heavily on agriculture and livestock as their main sources of economy. Common practices throughout the region consist of patriarchal gender roles. Although many countries are experiencing a slowing in population over the years, Africa is predicted to reach more than 2 billion people by the year 2050 (Geo Hive), but it also has the most serious HIV/AIDS epidemic in the world. Although each country varies in its culture, there is a strong correlation between AIDS, poverty, and societal values throughout the entire region of Sub Saharan Africa. Significant poverty in many of these countries is both the cause and the outcome of the high incidents of AIDS. Commercial sex, a common and widely practiced outcome of poverty has played a role in spreading the epidemic. AIDS has also been spread throughout the region as a result of the societal values practiced such as polygamy, teenage marriage, and church rulings, all contributing to making AIDS the number one killer in Sub Saharan Africa.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is believed to have originated in western Africa during the 19th to 20th century. HIV is a virus that gradually attacks the immune system which effects the body 's ability to…
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