AIDS in the world and South Africa

29 May


The AIDS pandemic in South Africa
The HIV/AIDS pandemic has mostly affects the Sub Saharan African according to researches and studies that have been done recently. Research shows that about Thirteen million jobs are lost on an annual base due to deaths associated with AIDS and this is greatly affecting the Sub Saharan African economy. This is shown that despite recent campaigns that are going on the rates of those who are affected daily is increasing and mostly teenagers and young adults are the ones being infected as they are practising pre-marital unprotected sex. The graph below shows AIDS statics around the world.
South Africa is the most affected Sub Saharan country an estimated 5.6 million people were living with HIV and AIDS in South Africa in 2009, the highest number of people in any country. In the same year, it is estimated that 310,000 South Africans died of AIDS-related causes, reflecting the huge number of lives that the country has lost to AIDS over the last three decades. Nelson Mandela said to the nation, “We cannot fight AIDS unless we do much more to fight TB.” The fight against AIDS in South Africa has to go a long way if they wish to live in
an AIDS free generation.
Prevalence is 17.8 percent among those aged 15-49, with younger adults being particularly affected.HIV prevalence among those aged two and older also varies by province with the Western Cape (3.8 percent) and Northern Cape (5.9 percent) being least affected, and Mpumalanga (15.4 percent) and KwaZulu-Natal (15.8 percent) at the upper end of the scale.
Marking a change in South Africa’s history of HIV the South African Government launched a major HIV counselling and testing campaign (HCT) in 2010. Since its implementation, the HCT campaign has had a notable impact on the availability and uptake of HIV testing and treatment.


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