Africa has the largest number of people living with HIV/AIDS. This information may not make us surprised as Africa is the poorest continent. Though, we can surprise at its figures related to AIDS. In Africa, hundreds of millions of people live below the recognized "lines" of the most extreme poverty. There are now 16 countries in Africa in which more than one-tenth of the adult population aged 15-49 is infected with HIV. In seven countries, all in the sourthern cone of the continent, at leat one adult in five is living with the virus.
AIDS is not a normal social disease, but a social one. It reflects the social conditions which are the fragility of rural economies and the lack of social power of women. It also reflects the high levels of migration of men. It reflects the spread of prostitution as a means of survival. And it reflects the fact that it is poor women who have the least social power to control their own sexuality.
AIDS is not a single nation's problem. It passes all countries' border in the world and becomes a global problem. To prevent AIDS, it requires the consensus of all people in the world, though young or old, male or female, poor or rich, black or white! African countries, specially children, need the help of the AIDS assistance programs from other countries. However, it must be an honest help, not the way of supporting money then selling drugs and treatments with a much higher price or at the aim of widenning political power as some countries have done!