AIDS Awareness

By: Rosie Graf

AIDS In Africa

AIDS, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, in Africa is a major concern and cause of death in Africa. Africa is 15.2% of the world's population, but is about 69% living with HIV and 70% of death with AIDS. The most people living with HIV/AIDS is towards the south, like South Africa and Botswana for example.

Causes & Spreads of AIDS

Earlier in time, people thought of HIV/AIDS of being the "gay" disease, but that's not the case. There are many ways to get it. You can not get it from a sneeze, cough, or even being touched by someone that's HIV positive. Also, mosquitoes and other bugs DO NOT carry the virus. People mostly get HIV/AIDS from sexual contact, pregnancy & child birth, injection drug use, occupational exposure, and blood transfusion/organ transplant.


There are ways to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. These include the ABC method. Which is:

1) Abstinence

2) Be Faithful

3) Use A Condom

The effectiveness of this ABC method is controversial. Every country has mixed feelings about it. For example, Botswana and Swaziland say "there's not that much of a difference" and "this is not the answer".