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The Spread of Aids in Developing Socities

Updated on October 30, 2019
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The Spread of Aids in Developing Socities

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is spreading at a high rate around the world. About 36.9 million people are living with this deadly virus as of 2017. 21.7 million AIDS patients are receiving anti retro viral therapy(ART) globally. Around 940,000 people died from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) related diseases in 2017 across the globe. According to the results of Uganda Population-based Impact Assessment (UPHIA),the prevalence of HIV among youth aged 15 to 49 years in Uganda is 6%, 0.5% for children under five and 0.5% for those aged 5 to 14 years. Swaziland has the highest percentage of people living with AIDS. Lesotho is the runner up with 25% of her population infected with HIV. Botswana has 21.9% of her people living with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

There are many students who have contracted HIV while at school in developing countries. Some students end up selling their bodies so as to keep up with their peers from ''well to do'' families. Stella (not real names) is a student from a popular university in Kampala who contracted AIDS in her first year. When Stella arrived at the university she said ''I am not going back to Hoima when I am still broke''. She got a boyfriend who is also a student but living with AIDS. Stella got infected by her boyfriend who was supporting her financially. After spreading HIV to Stella, her boyfriend left her. Stella is now living with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Patricia (not real names) is a student in her first year at another university in Luweero, Uganda with three children and she is HIV positive. The fathers of Patricia's kids are anonymous. Her mother takes care of the fatherless children. Patricia has a serious drug problem. She is addicted to alcohol and other harmful substances. Patricia continues to sleep with many young men at the university and affects them with the deadly virus.

There are some victims who contracted AIDS through rape. Many girls get raped in war zone areas. There is a lot of political instability in developing countries and hence constant wars. There are fifteen African countries involved in war according to Africa Sun News. Many crimes against humanity are practiced during wars. Many women are raped and young children are also defiled. For instance in 1994 over 250,000 women were raped in Rwanda (during the genocide) and over 20,000 babies were born. These babies live in poverty and have higher rates of HIV and domestic abuse. Angel from Ngoma was born when Jacqueline was raped by Hutu fighters during the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. Angel was born with AIDS. As Jacqueline was hiding in a catholic church, Hutu fighters found her there and took turns on her. Jacqueline lives with her daughter and they are both HIV positive. Another example is Agnes who was kept as a sex slave by a Hutu fighter. Agnes has twins (a boy and girl) and she is infected with HIV. Agnes' twins were born with AIDS. Wars and conflicts continue to hit African countries for example there is war in Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia. Developing countries have their people living in poverty and have high risks of contracting AIDS


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