children with aids in Africa

Impact on children and families

South Africa’s HIV and AIDS epidemic has had a devastating effect on children in a number of ways. There were an estimated 330,000 people under-15 years old living with HIV in 2007, a figure that almost doubled since 2001, according to UN statistics. HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death in children under the age of 5. In most instances the virus was transmitted from the child’s mother. Consequently, the HIV-infected child is born into a family where the virus may have already had a severe impact on health, income, productivity and the ability to care for each other.

Why is the South African HIV/Aids prevalence so high

Many factors contribute to the spread of HIV / AIDS these in clued poverty , inequality and social instability high levels of sexually transmitted infections the low status of woman