ResearchPaper - Aids in South Africa HIV/Aids is a disease...

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Aids in South Africa HIV/Aids is a disease that plagues millions each year all over the world, especially in South Africa. South Africa has the largest population of people living with the Aids virus in the entire world. Why is that some may ask? South Africa’s social and cultural practices and beliefs are responsible for why this epidemic spreads so quickly and is seemingly impossible to get rid of. “As the HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to cause havoc within southern Africa, voices are growing for a serious consideration of a cultural approach to the prevention of and awareness about HIV infection” (Education in Africa). Some extremely harmful cultural aspects of South Africa that contribute to the transmission of HIV/Aids are male dominance, poverty, violence, the work force, stereotypes about Aids, and lack of knowledge about the disease itself. Many organizations are trying to educate the African people of the disease to reduce the numbers, but it is still spreading throughout the population killing millions of mothers, fathers, and children each year. First of all, it is extremely important to fully understand the disease, how it is spread, and how it actually kills. HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is the virus that causes Aids. HIV/ Aids is a virus that we don’t have a cure for yet, like all viruses and eventually one will die once infected. The virus itself does not kill, but it depletes your immune system making your body very weak and unable to fight off other infections your body may come across. These diseases that invade your body are the diseases that will eventually kill you. The one and only way that HIV enters your body is through the blood stream and proceeds to attack healthy cells that would normally destroy infections and other diseases. Your body does not recognize the virus when it arrives in your system so it has no way to defend against or fight the virus. The virus then replicates rapidly and eventually over the course of
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many years takes over the cells in your body. “During the first several years of HIV infections, the number of cells remain fairly constant. However, during the following five years or so, the number of cells deplete to half the normal amount” (Damman et. al, 2002). The disease is also known as “the silent killer” for this reason due to the fact that most people do not see symptoms until many years after the virus has infected their body. This is one of the biggest reasons as to why the virus is spread from person to person, simply because you do not know you have the virus therefore you don’t take any caution in passing it on. When one’s cells eventually get low enough it is at that point that they are diagnosed with Aids, or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Along with Aids come symptoms such as fatigue, fever, weight loss, and in some cases dementia. Illnesses that victims often get when diagnosed with Aids are pneumonia, Campo’s sarcoma, and infections of the brain (Brigham 21). Another important factor essential to preventing Aids is knowing where it came from and
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ResearchPaper - Aids in South Africa HIV/Aids is a disease...

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