By Kawika Hashimoto
This raging disease has killed over 35 million people and continues to affect the daily lives of people around the world. Most of the time, HIV and AIDS hospital patients stay in the hospitals four times longer because of their decreased white blood cell count. Thus, straining already stretched african hospitals and finally admitting others to the hospital when the disease becomes more severe and it may be too late to save them.
Aids is a problem that reaches farther than most of most will ever know, but is very real to the 11 million orphans in Africa that have lost their parents to the disease. It is jeopardizing their human rights and their very survival by taking away their main caretakers and providers.
Impact of HIV/AIDS on the household.
Care for an AIDS infected family member can absorb up to one third of a families income.
It strains the family and dissolves households by decreasing their ability to work and produce or buy food for themselves. It also pushes families to extreme poverty because of mounting medical fees.
Impact of HIV/AIDS on the Economy
AIDS and HIV impacts the economy by taking away from the workforce and adds company costs because of company healthcare. It also cuts company profits and adds to training costs for new employees. Thus, hurting the economy.