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Aids and its transmission in South Africa

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Index 1. The start of AIDS 2. What is aids * How do you get it * People most at risk 3. AIDS in South Africa 4. Bibliography The AIDS Epidemic By :Tshwanelo Ramekgwe Stdent number: 200914443 The start of AIDS Until the 1970's no one was aware of this deadly disease. Since then the global AIDS epidemic has become one of the biggest threaths to human health and development. The first recognised cases of AIDS occurred in the USA in the ealy 1980's. A number of homosexual men in Ney york and Carlifonia suddenly began to develop rare infections and cancers that were stubbornly resistant to any treatment. ...read more.


The virus lives in the fluids inside the penis and vagina and can easily enter your bloodstream .Using condoms properly is the only protection against this kind of infection. Direct contact with infected blood If you have an open wound and it is exposed to the blood of an HIV positive person, you can be infected. This contact could be through using the same needles for drugs. It is also possible to get HIV if you use the same razor blade or toothbrush as an HIV positive person if there are any traces of blood on them. Mother to child transmission Hiv positive mothers can pass the infection to their babies. ...read more.


* Drug users who share needles One person who is HIV positive can infect a group of people who share the same needle unless it is sterelised in between usage. AIDS in South Africa HIV/AIDS in South Africa is a very big health concern because South Africa is believed to have more people with HIV/AIDS than any other country. Just under 12% of South Africas population of 48million has HIV/AIDS. An estimated 5.8million people were living with HIV and AIDS in South Africa in 2009, more than in any other country. It is believed that in 2009 an estimated 310 000 south africans died of AIDS. Almost 1 in 3 women age 25- 29 and over a quarter of men aged 30 - 34 are living with HIV. ...read more.

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