n African Journal of Reproductive Health - Some ethical issues in HIV/AIDS care - : commentary

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1118-4841
  • E-ISSN: 2141-3606


HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). HIV can be transmitted through sex, needles, clippers used by barbers, unsterilized instruments used for the incision of tribal marks, tattoos, and circumcisions, unscreened blood transfusions, etc. HIV destroys the immune system which makes the human body vulnerable and susceptible to diseases. About 25 million people have died from AIDS, while about 33 million people are presently living with HIV. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest burden of people living with HIV/AIDS. Beyond the issue of HIV/AIDS being a medical issue, it also holds serious and important ethical issues for humans. Some of those moral issues are: HIV testing and the problems surrounding HIV-infected health-care professionals and the duty to treat people with HIV and AIDS. We would very briefly discuss those moral concerns associated with HIV/AIDS care.

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