social norms Response 04 - Nicolas Cathcart Response 4 AIDS may be spread biologically but what facilitates that path is the social norms within those

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Nicolas Cathcart, Response 4 AIDS may be spread biologically, but what facilitates that path is the social norms within those specific societies. But there is another level of causality lying beneath those norms and that is the abject poverty of the areas most affected by the epidemic. The readings for this week focus on several nations, Lesotho, Rwanda, Uganda, and Thailand, each with slightly different narratives, but each pertaining to this idea that the poverty from periods of discrimination and exploitation, both by other nations and racial majorities, leads to the social norms that allowed AIDS to spread most easily. On a personal level, looking at the migrant workers and truck drivers of Lesotho and Rwanda respectively gives an idea of the individual level choices that these people make. Having grew up with very little not only means that they are less educated, but it also gives them a more care free lifestyle and that they are more likely to do drugs or hire prostitutes. The fact is when you have very little, you

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