Of all Aids deaths since the epidemic started, eighty-three percent have been in the region. These numbers sound even more astonishing considering only one-tenth of the world’s population lives in Africa, south of the Sahara. The amount of Africans affected by the epidemic is frightening. Since the start of the epidemic, an estimated 34 million people living in sub-Saharan Africa have been infected with HIV. Approximately 11.5 million of those people have already died, one-fourth of them being children.
In Africa, though, proper treatment is not nearly as available as it is in some other countries. Approximately 2.3 million people died in 2003 in Sub-Saharan Africa alone and that is only the beginning (Frederickson and Kanabus HIV 1). Because of AIDS and its devastating effects and increasing infection rates in Africa, organizations and governments are increasing their efforts to stop this disease. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on AIDS efforts, but still the disease continues to spread and take thousands of people?s lives each year. In 1992, 20% of Botswana, Africa was infected with HIV-AIDS.
However in African cultures confronting sexual issues that cause AIDS and HIV is very uncommon. (AIDS the epidemic,1994) In Africa AIDS has become the number one cause of death, overtaking Malaria. (The AIDS Reader,1991) The U.N. AIDS/health experts say more than 40 million people contracted the disease in 1980's and nearly 12 million of them have died in Africa.
One conflict in Africa that has taken a long time to get suitable media attention, with regards to its brutality, is of the quarrel of ordinary African people against AIDS. AIDS is one of the world's most overwhelming diseases developing from the infection of HIV; killing nearly 1.3 million Africans each year. The social consequences of the AIDS epidemic are widely felt, not only in the health sector but also in education, industry, agriculture, and the economy in broad. The AIDS mass in Africa continues to ravage communities, rolling back decades of development progress. This continent faces a triple challenge of providing health care, antiretroviral treatment, and support to a mounting population of people with AIDS.
Since a lot of children die from AIDS, it has become ranked seventh among the leading cause of death for the United States within the age range of one to fourteen. In the year 1996 the United States had 7,629 cases of AIDS in children who are younger than thirteen and 2,754 cases were reported within the young adult range of thirteen to nineteen. In the same year (1996) it is estimated that 1.3 million children died from AIDS. There are a lot of children being infected with and or dying from AIDS as the year's progress. Startling projections about the year 2000 have been made.
Which is an estimated 71 percent of all adults and 87 percent of all children living with the disease in the early-twenty-first century reside in this region. Eighty-eight percent of all children who have been orphaned by AIDS live in sub-Saharan Africa. The main impact of the disease is noticeable felt by a loss economically active people in their child years to mid years, which is ... ... middle of paper ... ...ew Africans had the special bridge to gain access to the drugs. And it is because of that many people are suffering and dying each and every day. There have been many ideas on how to help lower the epidemic from spreading.
Prior to the influence of HIV that number was almost to 70 years of age. (dosomething.org) I could ramble off statistics all day, but you can tell, HIV is a serious problem in africa. No one is quite sure how the virus started, but scientists have been able to narrow its origin down to a specific type of chimpanzee in West Africa. They believe that they the chimpanzee version of the immunodeficiency virus (SIV) was somehow transmitted to humans and then it mutated into HIV. It is not known how the virus was introduced to humans, but the most excepted theory is that hunters became exposed to the infected blood of chimps and then introduced to the HIV virus.
Behind this mounting death count are the signs of growing social disruption. For example, in sub-Saharan Africa, more than 1 million children have lost their parents to AIDS. And within four years, there will be more than 2 million AIDS orphans in the following seven countries combined: Dominican Republic, Kenya, Rwanda, Thailand, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia. Illness and death among young adults due to HIV have reached such proportions in some countries that overall national economics and productivity are affected. In Uganda, for example, 44 percent of all premature deaths are attributable to AIDS.
AIDS Sub-Saharan Africa is the region of the world that is most affected by HIV/AIDS. An estimated 26.6 million people are living with HIV/AIDS and approximately 3.2 million new infections occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2003. In just the past year the epidemic has claimed the lives of an estimated 2.3 million Africans. Ten million young people (aged 15-24) and almost 3 million children under 15 are living with HIV. An estimated eleven million children have been orphaned by AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa.
What is happening in Uganda? The country’s first cases of HIV were detected in 1982. About 2.6 million Ugandans were infected while 1.6 million people lost their lives to the HIV/AIDS illness. HIV/AIDS is a massive issue which currently, 7.2 percent of Uganda’s population is living with. 90% of HIV cases are discovered in developing countries and Uganda has the 7th highest number of HIV cases reported all over the world.