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Lecture 6

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Talar Sahsuvaroglu

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Lecture 6
๎€HIV/AIDS primer
HIV/AIDS is a Global Crisis
๎€Global estimates
๎€Of the new HIV infections (7000/day)
o97% are in low- and middle-income countries
oAbout 1000 are <15 years old
oOf the 6000 adults (>15 years old)
๎€Almost 51% = women
๎€About 41% = between the ages of 15-24
Background to the Global Spread of AIDS
๎€Disputes over the โ€˜originsโ€™ of AIDS
oGenerally accepted that HIV comes from SIV
oHow it is transmitted to humans is disputed
๎€First cases in the West in LA/SF among gay men
๎€Rapidly emerged globally, but with very uneven geography (focuses in some areas
more than others)
Key Features of HIV/AIDS in Canada
๎€Predominantly MSM (male-to-male relationships)
๎€Steady rise of transmissions through heterosexual sex
๎€Aboriginal people in Canada represent 3.3% of the population and yet aboriginal
people accounted for 10% of all the AIDS cases (because there is a lot of issues in
their community, they live in geographically isolated areas, more likely to suffer
from lower education, higher unemployment, higher crime rates, etc.)
An Issue of Human Rights
๎€All humans, including those infected with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS have the
right to:
oHealth: including treatment, support and care
oFood: nutritious and sustainable food sources, clean water
oEducation: including primary education and access to information about HIV
and AIDS
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