The Spread Of Hiv / Aids

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HIV, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system, which leads to the inability to fight infections and disease. The final stage of HIV is AIDS, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, meaning the body has an extremely low count of white blood cells making the body an easy station for disease (What, p. 2). HIV and AIDS are prominent in most areas of Africa, but it is especially severe is Nigeria. As of 2013, there are 3.2 million people living with HIV in this country, which has also led to approximately 210,000 AIDS related deaths (HIV, p. 1). There are many aspects contributing to the reason that HIV/AIDS is so prominent in this area of Africa, but there are also several steps being taken to slow the spread and ultimately contain this virus.
The Spreading of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria
Religious Norms HIV and AIDS can be spread in multiple ways. The spread of HIV/AIDS has been largely blamed on many of the religious norms that are regularly practiced in Nigeria. Much of this country operates under Islamic laws that encourage polygamy and discourage the use of contraceptives. “The women also blamed the prevalence of AIDS in the community on the gendered culture…where women lack the power to say ‘no’ to sex when their husbands demand it” (Iyiani, Binns & Shannon, 2010, p. 9). Due to the practice of polygamy and early marriage of young girls, women are more affected by this virus than men. Islamic laws also give the final say to men; therefore, women…

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