Introduction While HIV and AIDS affect the poor and the rich, the poor people are, nevertheless, doubly disadvantaged. The reasons why poor people are vulnerable to HIV/AIDS are: a) b) c) d) e) Poor people have fewer choices; Poor people are less able to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS; Poor people may have fewer rights, or be unaware of their rights; The majority of the world’s poor people are women and gender inequality is linked with higher infection rates; The poor have diminished capacity to cope with HIV infection.
Vicious cycle of HIV/AIDS and Poverty Affects
Affects Poverty Poverty refers to the state of lacking the basic necessities of life or the inability to attain a minimum standard of living” Household economic strengthening strategy refers to the financial input or support to the families, organizations, churches, etc. Economic strengthening as a strategy for breaking the vicious cycle of HIV/AIDS and poverty is therefore the financial input or support to the HIV infected persons to help them stop or minimize the spread of the virus.
Relationship between HIV and AIDS and Poverty
a) Lack of Basic Needs Due to lack of basic needs, people engage themselves in immoral and illegal ways e.g prostitution in order to acquire these basic needs. People may involve themselves in illegal businesses like selling cheap illegal liquor which will make people engage themselves in careless sexual behaviours leading to the spread of HIV/AIDS. b) Lack of Education Due to lack of education, people rarely know about HIV/AIDS and its implications in ones health. People fail to get access to at least basic education. Because of this, HIV/AIDS spreads rapidly as the people are mixing up with infected persons unknowingly, exposing them to the infected fluids because they do not know about protection measures. c) Dependency