Aids in South Africa
ANT 101- Introduction
To Culture Anthropology
Ms. Jodi Stoneman
October 26, 2009
It is believed that in 2008, more than 250,000 South Africans died of aids, HIV/AIDS is predominately transmitted by heterosexual people that are married and mothers having babies those are the main routes that transmission is taking place. The adults are not the only ones that are affected by the HIV/AIDS there are more than 280,000 kids under the age of 15 that have been affected with this virus. There are also over 1.4 million kids in South Africa that have been left as orphans because of HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS happen to be one of the main contributors to South Africa infant mortality rate. Even though it is believed that if the mother takes the recommended dosage of medicine by week 28 and another medication during labor the baby will be fine, but the baby would be require having medicine right after birth and followed by a seven day dosage but expected to live a full and active life.
HIV and sex education are taught in the schools as part of the curriculum to try and prevent some of the wide spread among the young people. It has been stated that circumcision has reduced the risk of transmission by a whole 60%, the problem with that is that there is only one clinic that offer free male circumcisions while public facilities offer the service it has to be for medical reasons.
Leake, M. (2009). Averting HIV and AIDS. Retrieved October 27,2009, from