n African Journal of Rhetoric - Editorial notes

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1998-2054


Sadly in the last few years, global leaders have shifted significantly their attention from HIV/AIDS as a cataclysmic force to other pressing problems that are causing panic and wreaking havoc in different parts of the world. The cry for normalization of HIV/AIDS has caused state institutions and supra-national institutions like the African Union, for instance to group HIV/AIDS along with other deadly diseases such as Malaria. Diseases that are indigenous to tropical Africa such as malaria do not thrive under the same conditions as HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS infection occurs mostly through sexual contacts, while malaria is spread through bites from anopheles mosquitos, which is purely environmental. Opportunistic diseases like TB are add-ons but also have catastrophic effects on their hosts all the same. The policy convergence of these diseases has relegated HIV/AIDS to a dubious state of manageable disease. This may be true for those possessing the means to purchase ARVS and have access to good medical care. There is anecdotal evidence of high volume of weekly funeral services in hyper-endemic townships in South Africa, which has not received serious attention from either the government or Non-Governmental Organisations.

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