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AIDS is the deadliest sexually transmitted disease known to mankind. It is estimated that approximately 30 million people worldwide are living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or AIDS (Perloff, 2001). AIDS is ranked in severity to The Black Death that devastated Europe in the 14th century, and everyday an estimated 16,000 people are infected with this terrible disease (Perloff, 2001). In terms of prevalence, The United State of America is home to 1.4 million (or 4% of the global population) people living with AIDS, versus Africa, which is home to 22.7 million (or 68% of the global population) living with AIDS. The total population estimated to be living with AIDS is 33 million people, and out of those 33 million, 2 million die each year (Aids and hiv, 2010). The only way to overcome this horrific disease is to spread awareness on how to protect yourself and prevent the transmission of spreading AIDS. The three sources I found pertaining to the AIDS epidemic in Africa were an article by Desmond Cohen, an official government website, aids.gov, and a print source titled Encyclopedia of medical anthropology: health and illness in the world's cultures. Desmond Cohen is a reliable source because he was the director of HIV and development program as well as now being the senior advisor on HIV and development. The website I used is an official government website and is managed by the U.S. department of health and human services. Lastly, the Encyclopedia of medical anthropology: health and illness in the world's cultures is new, published in 2004 as well as it being a published encyclopedia. All of my sources are reliable and relate to the topic of AIDS in African and The United States. In Africa, HIV seems to be such a prevalent issue because they are a culture of poverty. Poverty is associated with weak endowments of human and financial resources, such as low...

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