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The AIDS Epidemic in India India being one of the most populated countries in the world is suffering due to its poverty and lack of health care allowing AIDS to rapidly spread among the region AIDS the acquired immuno deficiency syndrome is spread by a virus called human immuno deficiency virus also known as HIV Its the preliminary stage of AIDS and it attacks our bodys immune system and increases the vulnerability against other diseases that will eventually kill the infected person HIV does not kill the infected person instantly but rather lingers in the body without noticeable signs until the virus has wiped out the immune system This process can take between six to eight years and is one of the reasons that the disease can spread unknowingly Dube 5 AIDS is the later stage of HIV and is not curable The symptoms for this disease include unexpected weight loss enlarged glands night sweats diarrhea fevers chills and dry coughs There is a limited amount of ways that the disease can spread but the most prominent is through intercourse Kalra 27 Other ways include blood transfusions drug users that share a needle or syringe containing contaminated blood and through HIV positive women that give birth and transmit the disease to their infant On page 4 there is a graph that illustrates these modes The reason for the HIVAIDS epidemic in India is because of poverty illiteracy lack of health care drug abusers and the oppression of Indian women Dube 127 Poverty is one function that prevents the population from tools of prevention such as condoms It also forces many women to become sex workers to provide for themselves and whomever else they are supporting Because of poverty the population is illiterate and cannot become educated on the methods that will enable prevent them from contracting AIDS The lack of health care is another result of the countrys poverty which holds the population back from
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