HIV/AIDS

Maasai Culture and its Effect on Sexual Health: a field study on the disparities of knowledge within the community

There are several HIV/AIDS prevention programs currently active in Kenya, ranging from those of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to government efforts, and including the USAIDs, International Medical Corps and Avert Kenya. But even though such programs exist, rural villages do not benefit from them as much as major cities due to unequal funding, lack of resources and underdeveloped infrastructure. By acquiring a deeper understanding of the underlying causes of sexually transmitted infections within this population, it may be possible to formulate and implement a culturally sensitive

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Lessons from an HIV denialist in the hills of Thailand

Through this experience and my discussions about HIV/AIDS with Dr. Mark, I was exposed to the concept of HIV denialism: what it is, how it is perpetuated and what possibly led Dr. Mark to believe in it. I also reflected on the importance of fundamental science, research methods and epidemiology in the training of physicians, and how such topics affect their ability to engage with medical developments.

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Adolescent Reproductive Health Education Strategies in Panama

In this paper, three methods of adolescent reproductive education in Panama are compared through the lens of the UN MDGs. This analysis reveals that formal education sector initiatives in public schools, non-governmental organizations’ participation in schools and grassroots advocacy all have distinct strengths and uniquely address various MDGs. These methods, when used in conjunction, can provide a starting point from which to guide the development of an adolescent reproductive health education program in Panama.

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Faith: Friend or Foe? The Rise of Faith Healing in Tanzania and Its Impact on Community Understanding of HIV

This paper investigates the origin of Loliondo’s faith healing movement and the factors leading to the popularization of Babu as a faith healer. Furthermore, it surveys the impact that the Loliondo phenomenon has had on a specific rural community’s understanding of HIV and on the interface between biomedical and faith-based treatment interventions. Finally, it addresses potential community-based initiatives that NGOs and other health organizations can support to consistently and understandingly address this and similar situations.

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A Snapshot of HIV in Pakistan: On the Brink of an Epidemic

In Pakistan, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS has steadily risen in the past decade among vulnerable groups such as sex workers and drug users. Despite the best efforts of national and international authorities to prevent a generalized epidemic, with the recent floods in Pakistan and the overall decline in HIV/AIDS funding, health care workers are finding themselves with increasingly tighter budgets. Thus, Pakistan stands at the crossroads that developed nations were at just a few decades ago, but with fewer and ever dwindling resources.

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Political Systems and Health Inequity: Connecting Apartheid Policies to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in South Africa

The persistent inequality in the delivery of health care within South Africa is illustrated in the nation’s distribution of HIV/AIDS; black South Africans bear the highest burden of disease. This paper argues that the current inability of the South African government to adequately address the HIV/AIDS epidemic is symptomatic of still-existing apartheid ideologies in the healthcare system, faulty public-private relationships, and structural gaps between health policy making and implementation.

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