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Aids Is Why Africa Is A Developing Nation

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Africa has always been considered a developing nation. Its constant tribal disputes have lead to much disunity among the continent as a whole. Africa lacks a large amount of resources such as food and a good exporting business that can't enable them to care for their people. And so, many of the per capita incomes of the separate countries are horrifyingly low. Hygiene and health issues also chiefly contribute to the fact that Africa is a developing nation. One major crisis that is killing millions of people mainly in Africa is AIDs. AIDs is the major contributing force behind Africa's status as a developing nation.AIDs is a virus that is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that destroys the immune system of a person. AIDs is a virus that weakens the body gradually and so other infectious diseases are easily caught. It is a widely spread deadly disease, which at this moment has no cure. Statistics show that about 1 in every 250 Americans are affected today. That can be considered a very surprisingly large percentage in America, which is considered a very developed country that can facilitate many of the people's health needs. The percentage of people in a lesser-developed country such as Africa is still higher than America's. In Africa 24.5 million people have died from AIDs; 3.8 million of them are children under 15. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that AIDS deaths and the loss of future population from the deaths of women of child-bearing age means that by 2010, Africa will have 71 million fewer people than it would otherwise have. Between the years 2005 and 2010, scientists think that the life expectancy will abruptly fall from 59 to 45. These staggering statistics itself show the hard toll AIDS have taken on Africa.AIDs itself as the disease, is not only the major killer of people. Many who have AIDS do not seek help for fear of fellow villagers discovering their problem and murdering them. AIDS infected individuals have two options; either to let fellow neighbors know of their disease, seek treatment, and risk being alienated from their families and friends or even being killed; or, they can keep their condition secret and die a slow, painful death.About 12.1 million children are orphaned by AIDs in Africa. Those who have lost fathers, mothers, aunts, and uncles must now care for themselves as well as their own siblings. Many of these children are at the age of 12 and must find ways to survive despite their dire poverty. They have no money, food, health care, or means of traveling. The conditions they must live in are appalling. Many live out in the bare land; others have unsteady huts that are not properly insulated or repaired and cannot protect themselves from the exposure to nature. While in other world nations population growth is rising, Africa's is declining.There is much research and experimenting being done in order to help find a cure for AIDs. There are few treatments that hinder the inevitable fate, however these...

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