Burma, also known as Myanmar, is a culturally rich country saturated
with beautiful tropical forest, greenery and landscapes, spanning along
half it's state. It is the largest country in south-east asia and
boasts a population of 55,390,000 (as of 2006). Unfortunately however,
this populace has been crippled and upset by a series of complications.
Burma, once a healthy and prosperous nation, is amongst other things
now burdened with poverty, repression and most notably the very
infectious epedemic that is HIV and inevitably AIDS...
What is HIV/AIDS?
HIV (standing for Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus which
causes AIDS (the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) and is most often
caught from one person to another by contact of infected blood or
semen. HIV and AIDS heavily effects and paralyses the immune system,
preventing the body from dealing with any foreign viral parasites which
attack the body that a healthy immune system could normally fight
against. Thus without natural defense, an infected body will debilitate
and eventually fall victim to symptoms of infection like fevers and
weakness. This globalised and destructive desease is undeniably
prevalent throughout the world, mainly in Africa and Asia. In Asia
Burma has the third highest HIV prevalence rate where it is estimated
that up to 35,000 people die annually. Regrettably, there is no current
remedy or cure HIV and AIDS. However, there are preventions than can be
effectively implemented. One of these is the simple use of condoms- a
small, light rubbery object that can positively help such a deadly and
disasterous threat against the well-being of the human race. They are a
cheap and easy (if not, the easiest) way to protect the lives of many.
Afterall, as the proverb goes- "Prevention is better than cure"...
Puzzlingly enough, though with having full knowledge of their serious
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