The onslaught of hiv/aids in sub-saharan africa provides an unparalleled opportunity to examine the complex relationship between culture and disease (airhihenbuwa & webster 2004)culture was invoked early in the epidemic in sub-saharan africa to explain the spread of hiv in the heterosexual population at a time when infection was predominantly spread in the developed world amongst injection.
The most common cultural factors fueling the spread of hiv/aids in the developing world include polygamy and wife inheritance these cultural practices are specifically common in africa (susser i, stein z.
Aids & rights alliance for southern africa (arasa) (2016) ‘hiv, tb and human rights in southern and east africa: report 2016’[pdf] 91 aids & rights alliance for southern africa (arasa) (2016) ‘hiv, tb and human rights in southern and east africa: report 2016’[pdf] 92.
Contributory factors to the spread of hiv/aids and it impacts in sub-saharan african countries some nigerians, kenyans and south africa considered aids a foreign disease that the machismo complex in the latin american countries, which requires male to demonstrate. Objective: to examine and establish complementary factors that contribute to the alarmingly high prevalence of hiv-1 in sub-saharan africa (ssa) in order to create awareness and suggest possible measures to avert the spread of the pandemic. At the current time promiscuity seems to be the most important cultural factor contributing to the transmission of hiv in africa the recent spread of aids throughout africa raises the question of whether the mode of transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (hiv) in africa is different from that in the united states and other western countries.
The spread of hiv in africa africa is home to roughly two thirds of the world’s hiv/aids cases, and the enduring question is: why the popular explanations include extreme poverty, lack of hiv education, and insufficient access to condoms and healthcare. High-risk behavioral patterns have been cited as being largely responsible for the significantly greater spread of hiv/aids in sub-saharan africa than in other parts of the world chief among these are the traditionally liberal attitudes espoused by many communities inhabiting the subcontinent toward multiple sexual partners and pre-marital and outside marriage sexual activity.
Sociocultural factors influencing the spread of hiv/aids in africa sub-saharan africa remains most severely affected, with nearly 1 in every 20 adults (49%) living with hiv and accounting for.