Monday, October 17, 2011

Some Videos About AIDS

I believe that Stephanie Nolan made her journalistic report, Stories of AIDS in Africa very well. Her story about the six year old and nine year old living on their own, depending on only each other was particularly striking to me. It is hard for me to comprehend that two children, each less than half my age, could be out there completely on their own taking care of themselves in the cold, cruel world. It was also fascinating when she talked about the age group it most greatly affects, the 18-35 year old population. This hit me number one because I am part of this group and two because that is the primary work force for the world, providing much of the agricultural, social, and economic labor that is performed across the world.

The video Deadly Catch speaks volumes to the deadliness of the AIDS virus in Kenya. The Jaboya system, an obvious cause for the rampant nature of the disease in this region, is morally and medically inappropriate. It fends off death by starvation for the women and children of the region, but in the process it subjects the women to the deadly disease.

A major issue at the forefront today is the difference between the effects on the United States vs. those on Africa. In Africa, they do not have the resources for education like we do here, nor can the common people afford treatment as easily as we can here. This leads to a heightening of the effects of the disease, as well as a wider spread. This drastically affects the entire region, bringing about a lessening of the work force, the results of which are discussed above.

I knew that AIDS was prevalent in Africa before we started this section, but I never really just how immense of a choke hold it had on the continent. I knew that there was some relief being sent over, but again I had no idea how much was needed versus how much was currently being sent.

Culture plays a major role in the spread of AIDS in Africa. The Jaboya system is entirely cultural and the role it plays is critical to the spread of the disease in the region. It puts disadvantaged women in a position in which they have to choose death by AIDS or death by starvation. In either case, the women end up dead, and the population ends up decimated.

There are only two viable solutions to this which I see at this point. The first would be vaccination. If a vaccine is discovered, it could be distributed around the world and help eliminate the virus. The other option is education. The simplest way to prevent to spread of the disease is to dramatically increase our education efforts overseas and show the people of Africa the benefits of safe sex.

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