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AIDS: A Public/Community Health Problem AnalysisHCA415 Community and Public HealthAIDS: A Public/Community Health Problem Analysis Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, commonly called AIDS is a chronic illness that affects individuals physically, mentally, and socially. "Statistics from the AIDS Epidemic reports in 2009 illustrate that though 33.4 million people are afflicted globally and there is an increase in populations who are living longer with HIV/AIDS and after 2000, HIV infections fell 17 percent. This increase is attributed to both population growth and longer life expectancy and d availability and the favorable outcomes of antiretroviral therapy, due to which approximately 12 million life-years have been saved between 1996 and 2008" (Schlipkter, U., & Flahault, A., 2010). Conversely, Schlipkter, & Flahault (2010), attest that there are increasing occurrences of new infections are reported from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and other parts of Asia. In addition, in 2008, sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 71 percent of all new infections. The World Heath Organization (2009) reports that HIV positive/negative (serodiscordant) couples are the root of new infections in some parts of Africa and usher a higher incidence of perinatal infections. "In the US, and high and middle-income countries, injection drug users, men who have sex with men and prisoners, among others, are still at high risk of HIV infection" (Schlipkter, & Flahault, 2010)

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