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Africa is a continent with many social issues and problems These social issues range from overpopulation racism and a countless number of disease epidemics One of the most deadly and uncontrollable of these diseases is the HIV virus or AIDS AIDS is an illness that involves several phases It is caused by a virus that can be passed from person to person AIDS impairs the human bodys immune system the system responsible for warding off disease and leaves the victim susceptible to various infections AIDS was first identified in the United States in 1981 when 189 cases were reported to the Centers for Disease Control Within a decade the disease had spread to all populated areas of the world In the United States there are about 65000 new cases every year The origin of the AIDS virus is unknown but it may have originated in Central AfricaPerhaps the continent with the biggest problem of the AIDS disease is Africa The region of Africa with the biggest outbreak recently has been South Africa Levels of the HIV infection had increased in eight of the nine provinces in South Africa The province with the highest increase is KwaZulu which showed an increase from 199 in 1996 to 269 in 1997 The following table shows the percentage of increase of the AIDS virus from 1996-1997WCapeE CapeN CapeFree SateKwazuluNatalMpumulanga199630982063717491990157719976291261863195726922255Unlike in developed countries where over 90 of all AIDS victims are homosexual males Africa AIDS is suffered by both men and women in equal numbers At the 10th international AIDS Conference Dr Yuichi Shiokawa said that the African AIDS epidemic could be brought under control if Africans restrained their sexual cravings Other doctors disagree with Dr Yuichi Shiokawa They claim that in Africa AIDS is not an epidemic linked to sexual behavior but is a new name for old diseases that result from poor health care and widespread malnutrition There are a number of consequences that come along with being
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