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HIV and AIDS hidden issues, facts you nEED to know...

 

The fight against HIV and AIDS

Copyright - Ubani Alexander Chijioke

According to AIDS researcher Dawn Mokhobo "sexual rules have largely broken down," that is the order of the day in Africa. The hands of civilization and development have darkened the minds of many towards a most worthless lifestyle. It is sad to note that long held traditions and cultures are now being abandoned for other fashionable and imported cultures. The trend is that they now overdo it, making a complete nuisance of themselves.

It is sad to note that the core values, respect and bond that bind many marriages take no hold on the conscience of many. No wonder the journal African Affairs says that "sub-Saharan Africa puts considerable value on children but minimal value on marriage. Sexuality outside of marriage, even . . . if it leads to pregnancy, is not disapproved of strongly." What a shame!

Even married men, women and youths have stuck like adhesive to this deadly scourge. The increases in the number of infected victims of HIV and AIDS have drastically increased due to this ugly development. In some areas, promiscuity and sexual exploitation is the norm. Men and youths patronize prostitutes freely and openly in search of sexual gratification and satisfaction. The infection rate have skyrocketed and the number of infected ones too many to control.

The Panos Document on AIDS in Africa tells the following experience of a medical researcher in Zaire: "One night, after I had been doing blood tests in a rural area with some Zairian medical colleagues, they went off with some of the local girls. They slept with them, and only one of them used a condom." When he asked them about the risk, "they laughed, saying that you couldn't give up living just because you might get a disease." Yes, casual sex is considered by many to be "living"-fun, entertainment.

More so, "In many African countries the amount of money budgeted per person per year for health care is less than the cost of a single blood test for the AIDS virus," explains the brochure Understanding & Preventing AIDS. Similarly, Keith Edelston, author of the book AIDS-Countdown to Doomsday, explains that "even soap to sterilize equipment, or ordinary household bleach to mop up spills, are often just not available."

The prevailing circumstances against the growth of Africa are too obvious. AIDS play a major role in the desolation of Africa's abode. The continued dilapidated structures, and the practice of reusing syringes on many patients and the inability to provide appropriate medical attention coupled with handicapped facilities motivates the spread of this disease.

Again, the tendency of transfusing blood is another way of advocating the spread of the disease. The risk of accidental infection is another setback. The case of two doctors who sustained needle scratches while treating AIDS patients attest to the fact that many hospitals lack the facilities to protect the lives of others. Contaminated blood as a result of no screening is a most ugly scenario. It is in fact right to say that Africa is suffering.

The future of Africa looks gloomy and hopeless. The UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) estimates that as 2.9 million women die of AIDS in Africa this decade, up to 5.5 million children will be orphaned. An official from one country that has at least 40,000 AIDS orphans reports that already "there are villages . . . of children only."

Africa's future look bleak and most sober, an estimated 17 million people have already been infected and the continent is home to about 67 percent of the world's AIDS cases. It is pathetic, sober and most ugly to have this burden placed on people, young and old. The children and adults are suffering the effect of this deadly scourge. It is high time we the people of Africa take responsibilities. Let all concerned put hands together and fight this scourge. We must act responsibly and avoid unprotected sex. Use a condom, go for test and don't forget that people love you. DEARLY

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Debby Bruck 8 years ago

The disintegration of the family and core ethical behavior leads to disease. Thank you for writing about this issue from this point of view. If we support those who work together in Africa to find solutions, then this will help people stricken with this deadly disease all around the world. I have posted some information about a homeopath doing healing work in Africa with AIDS patients. http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Haiku-The-...


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Such a great remark. Thanks dear


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

There has been a significant improvement of behavioural change in Zimbabwe. So to generalize Africa as a whole is a bit irresponsible in terms of reportage on the issue. I think the case you site of accidental infection is well outdated, the health institutions are far more careful now-at least in Zimbabwe. it is one of the only countries in Africa to realize a decline in the disease.

I think this is a very important issue to Africans and the world and should be addressed at any given opportunity.Thanks for the conscious hub


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Thanks my good friend Alladream. Your sincere expression and the noted case of carefulness and new outlook concerning the HIV and AIDS pandemic is duly recognized. I am so thankful to you for making your sincere observations. Thanks so much Alladream...


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LadyFae 5 years ago from Under the Stars

As I'm writing this comment tears stream down my face.

I played the lottery about 2 years ago. It had a huge jackpot of approximately 26 or 27 million EUR. My oldest son and myself bought 3 tickets. What we wanted to do if we were to win that jackpot was to go to Africa and buy a village for aids orphans. Build a hospital there with proper facilities, build a school, a huge playground and living accomodations for the children.

Unfortunately we didn't win.

My heart and prayers go out to all in that bitter need.

Love and hugs


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Dear ladyfae, i share your sentiment and good regards. The sincerity in your writings is a thing of joy. The hearts and minds of those wallowing in pain and sorrow as a result of this sickness will hear a call of relief, if not now then later. One day, all those afflicted shall get help if not by man then God. We hope and pray that kind hearted individuals who have the financial capabilities channel it to were the need is greater.

Ladyfae, my prayer is that one day God will provide solution.

Thanks for stopping by. You re an inspiration to many.

God bless you


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vox vocis 5 years ago

Unfortunately, everything you wrote about the AIDS issue in Africa is true. Bad politics, tyranny, lack of education and great poverty make it almost impossible to solve the problem. Like you said, it's in the hands of God because in the hands of people, the future doesn't look so bright :(


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

You re correct Vox. The situation is alarming, even the government aren't helping matters. Drugs are sold at cut-throat prices. In fact, the disease is dealing seriously with those poor and less privileged. When help will come no one knows. Thanks for expressing your sincere sentiment. I so much appreciate. Be blessed


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

wow intense but important information this was a must read for any and every culture.. and I believe the cure is here.. but there is too much money in the treatment to just produce the cure.. AIDS have generated Billions and has lined so many pockets.. but is it really worth it lives are worth more than money...


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Well said, Frank. Aids have ravaged and dealt severely with humans. As the cure is here now, the cost is outrageous. Hope things change for the better. Thanks for the interest shown. You re a great person.


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BukowskiBabe 5 years ago from Somewhere in the middle of it all.

This is an excellent and informative hub. I feel so sad for the children of Africa and wish there was something I could do to help.


ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

Yes, I have seen that the Aids epidemic is continuing to ravage Africa, and will do so for generations to come, that is if enough generations are left. I learned more about HIV/Aids after contracting an STD, Hepatitis B, which I was told often has HIV riding on it along with the Hep B. Thankfully, I did not have HIV but I had to wait a while to find out whether I did or not, and it was a frightening and surreal time of my life. Many people do not know all of the ways that you can get it or what the early symptoms are. As usual, it's the attitude of "it could never happen to me". Well, I'm here to tell you that yes, it can, no matter what your age or status in life. Thank you for this article.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Dear Bukwoskibabe, it is really sad to note that Hiv and Aids has proved a very difficult thing to handle considering its nature and the fact that it is contracted through unprotected sex, sharp objects and even blood transfusion. I hope our generation learn from the experience. Thanks for stopping by. Your generous attitude is well appreciated.

My dear exotichippiequeen, you re a great woman. I feel the emotion you re trying to pass across. People do believe and say 'it can't happen to me' that's a big lie! Cos it can happen to anybody. Your advice is well taken and your experience really invigorating. I hope we all learn and pray for the children of Africa. Always be blessed exotic queen.


Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

ubani, though HIV/AIDS is rampant everywhere, Africa is hardest hit. Thanks for raising this issue.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Yes, Binaya. Africa drinks of its scourge. I hope help comes soon. Bless you


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lyns 5 years ago from USA

Thanks for sharing this information on HIV, I believe they have a cure in the states just greed is what's stopping them from releasing it, it's a great deal of people living more now in the U.S. with the medication treatment they are giving people, than when it first hit the U.S., anyway have a wonderful evening or is it day there...


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

It is a warm morning here in umuahia. I hope you re fine. I hope the drugs are released and many who are suffering under the scourge be relieved. It is really sad to note that greed and human quest for money has blinded humanity. How pathetic!


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lyns 5 years ago from USA

@ubanichijoke, I am just seeing your response that is why the hubs needs the notification window, I never got even in my email your response I just happen to be scrolling down and seen this, my apology, any way here it's a little rainy now but 3 days ago I think it was sunny lol, your are truly on individual that when I hear from you I perk up I guess because you made my day when I first join the hub, anyway it is sad that greed stops man from getting medical treatment to those who need it most life is so much more precious than money any day, and it is pathetic that this is what drives people, anyway my dearest friend I hope you get my response sooner than I got yours, take care and have a wonderful evening/or is it day there? my good friend.....


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

My dear Lyns, i am glad to read your message of hope. As i write now, it is 4:22 AM[night/ early morning in umuahia]. I am shrugging off sleep to write you this message. One eye is closed half asleep, the other a little open and is being bullied by sleep to sleep. Lol. I read your message and i do hope by morning, i will give you a knock. Ahhhh, sleep is really bullying me here and it is a very cold night. When morning comes, i will give you a peep. Take good care my friend. Good night. Bless you and all other of my friends whose comments i will reply in the morning. Love you all. Peace and happiness is yours. Bye


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lyns 5 years ago from USA

Aah goodnite, it's 8:32PM here, so we are like 8 hours span, that's sweet you took the time to tell us Goodnite, good nite...


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

My dear Lovely Lyns, am glad to be back and write you again. I know by now you will be enjoying a good night sleep. I wish you all the best. I pray that you be fine. Wishing you all the best.


jenubouka 5 years ago

There is a campaign in the states with all star Hollywood types "Bono" among one of them called RED, and only .47 cents a day can aid in HIV maintenance to lead a healthy life longer. But sadly as you have so brilliantly written, is not an option for our brothers and sisters in Africa at the moment. I wish we as the United States viewed this as vital as the relentless war in the Middle East fighting for ??? Oh sorry I will let you know when they figure that question out....


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Thanks Jen, for gracing this page with your comment. It is sad to note that government spend huge sums of money on arms, ammunition & wars but turn deaf ears to spend a dime on the suffering masses. So pathetic. Thanks all the way.


jenubouka 5 years ago

Maybe there should be a new campaign: Occupy Africa.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Haha, i know that wouldn't be possible cos the west did it before now they can't do it again. I like your sense of humor. Awesome


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

This hub was heartbreaking in that so many in Africa have been devastated by the spread of this disease. The children are the ones who most tug at our heartstings for some are born with the disease and many are orphaned by it.

During my years as a public health nurse in America, I saw HIV and AIDS make its devastating appearance in our country spreading terror in its wake for we did not know much about this disease back then except that almost all who got it died within a few years. I could say so much but it would take too much space on your important and well written hub, and I'll write about my country's own struggle with this disease at another time.

Suffice to say we now know much about HIV and AIDS and have an arsenal of drugs that can treat it, but not cure it, yet too many still suffer and die and those who are on medication regimens must stay on those regimens for the rest of their lives putting them at risk for many side effects.

The most hopeful thing that I saw in your hub was your final words: "The children and adults are suffering the effect of this deadly scourge. It is high time we the people of Africa take responsibilities. Let all concerned put hands together and fight this scourge. We must act responsibly and avoid unprotected sex. Use a condom, go for test and don't forget that people love you. DEARLY".

Individual and collective responsibility is the key to making progress in any public health crisis. Changes in culture, attitude and behavior can be achieved, but only if people such as yourself help show the way.

God Bless you my friend. May the words you've written here help save some lives.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

I share your belief. It is just sad to see many suffering under this terrorist of a disease. I do hope that people heed this call of collective responsibility and listen to the voice of reason. You re so wonderful my dear friend. I am thrilled. Be blessed.


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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

I remember a time when there was no HIV or AIDS...It seems so long ago. I remember the political fight here in America... the Denial, the fear, the inaction. I remember this remarkable lady who went one day and changed the world... Princess Diana... she visited and touch and cared enough about HIV patients that the fear begin to dispel. That too was so long ago... If you have not read.. then please do... And the band played on...this is a pivotal book. We have made much progress and we have a longways to go... but the thing about humanity... is we usually get there.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

I pray with you and do hope we get there. I share your optimism.

Thanks for leaving me this grand comment.

Bless you

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