Why Are There Disparities in HIV/AIDS Between the United States and South Africa?

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Emily Beckering

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Professor Wayne Brouwer; Professor Charles Green; Professor Amy Otis – De Grau; Professor Yolanda Vega; Professor John Yelding

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While health programs have made vast improvements in treating HIV and AIDS, the epidemic persists and is prevalent in many areas. In a study of HIV/AIDS treatments in the United States and South Africa, we found many disparities that resulted from socio-economic, educational, and demographic differences between Americans and South Africans. Though HIV was discovered at about the same time in both countries, the United States had the resources to do research on the disease and the means to educate the public about it. The drastic difference in the standard of living between these two countries also gives many Americans access to expensive HIV/AIDS treatments, while many South Africans are left with poor health care. However, HIV/AIDS remains a significant issue in both countries. If people in both the United States and South Africa are to receive better treatment, it is necessary to educate everyone about the disease and expand the health care system to include a larger number of people.

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