For South Africa, political turmoil and a long history of government denial fueled an epidemic that had reached disastrous proportions by the late s and early s. Even today, despite plunging death rates and greater leadership on the AIDS war front, the rate of new HIV infections continue to rise year on year. As a result, South Africa remains the country with the largest single population of HIV-infected people in the world. Located at the southern-most tip of the African continent, South Africa has a population of roughly 57 million people about one-sixth as many as the U.
This page of the essay has words. Download the full version above. Activity 4 Mind map Discussion: Perceptions of Africa Africa is one of the continents with the fastest growing population. Death rates have declined due to improved medical facilities. Crime rate has also declined because of better education. There is still population movement either voluntarily or forced.
The virus leaves the human immune system weak and renders infected individuals vulnerable to other illnesses. HIV has been thought to have originated on the African continent and is becoming an increasing medical issue there. In the documentary, various medical professionals are interviewed for their perspective, and all express concern over the rising rates of infection and lack of resources for prevention in Africa. HIV and AIDS are most often used terms by many people considering them to have the same meaning, but in real they are two interchangeable terms for the same condition.
The numbers are overwhelming as adult HIV occurrence is 1. Despite its abundant resources and its well-developed. In , South Africa had an estimated 7. Given the significant impact this disease has on the economy, this is a top priority for the business community and the government. There have been many instances where the disease has spread rapidly across the country due to lack of action and harmful interference, conflict between politicians, HIV and AIDS organisations and scientists.