The Politics of HIV/Aids

d in the labs of France, research was being done that would, over time, lead to ways in which to bring the disease under control through education, and private research and drug manufacturing. If, however, in the first world countries, people struggled with the social implications of the disease, then it is perhaps not so difficult to imagine the struggle it has been for third world African nations, born of ancient civilizations that teeter on the brink between their ancient heritage and traditions, and those of the 21st century and, now, the new millennium. Efforts to educate Africans and to establish centers for HIV/AIDS treatment has been slow, and many allege that the disease has been allowed to rampage through the towns and villages of the continent because of political power games wherein the players have had a complete disregard for the humanity of those suffering the devastating affects of the disease in countries where life was often already a challenge.
This study attempts to examine the politics and the science behind the African HIV/AIDS pandemic. What, if any, progress has been made in containing the spread of the disease over the last decade? Is the question that will be examined in order to understand more clearly why the third world countries of Africa, many of which are rich in minerals and natural resources. have lagged behind the rest of the world in containing the spread of the disease. An attempt will be made here to understand the sociological, political, and medical combination of events and actions that has brought the African continent to a place of near population annihilation because of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The answer to the question that perhaps comes to the readers’ mind here, is, yes, there will be an attempt to place blame, because it is not acceptable that an entire continent of civilization stands on the brink of extinction because the world, and the leaders of the world, have failed to respond to the needs of their

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