South Africa is one of the many countries that have been affected by HIV/AIDS. What isolates it from other countries is that South Africa holds one of the highest ratios of HIV/AIDS, with five to six million people living with the disease every day. About 270,000 HIV/AIDS deaths were registered in 2011. This score can be explained by several causes, such as poverty, the low status of women, sexual violence, high mobility (principally migrant labour), limited and irregular access to value medical care, etc. Many foundations are available to help people of South Africa who are living with this disease. For example, AFSA (Aids Foundation South Africa) exists to limit the effects of HIV/AIDS and poverty through operations of health and development projects in vulnerable societies (“communal gardens, home-based care, early childhood development and general assistance at schools and other community structures”, etc.).The association’s website informs us about HIV’s testing and treatments and helps people know the difference between what’s true and what’s false. For example, it is incorrect to say that you can tell when someone has HIV. This person could have it without having any symptoms for years. The only way to find out is to get tested. On top of that, we can also find in the website that many studies suggest that male circumcisions do not prevent HIV infection. In fact, it reduces a men’s risk up to 60 percent. Following these statistics, the government made a campaign to offer free male circumcision services to prevent this disease. In conclusion, AFSA provides many ways to help South Africa and to get involved in the association.

Aids Foundation South Africa. AIDS foundation of South Africa's website,1988. Web. 24 April 2014.

MEDWISER. Morgenstern,Micheal,2005.Web. 24 April 2014.

Michella Haddad

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