It is really sad to absorb the state of affairs in Zimbabwe; for a country which used to be one of the richest in Africa. A decade ago the economy was almost twice as big as it is today hence poverty and unemployment rate are both endemic in Zimbabwe driven by the shrinking economy and hyper-inflation. Experts attribute Zimbabwe’s situation is due to two main factors – the deteriorating economy without sign of improvement and HIV/AIDS. In effect, the motto- Unity, Freedom and Work is a gimmick.
There is certainly no doubt that HIV/AIDS has had massive impact on the world’s population in general and the Sub- Saharan region in particular. However, it is equally a known fact that the prevalence of water and sanitation - related diseases in Africa has resulted to a greater mortality vis-à-vis HIV/AIDS.
HIV/AIDS is just another ill health condition just like any other but with its own peculiarities. Scientist profess that no disease is so widely misunderstood or as controversial as AIDS and has captured attention due to its abrupt apocalyptic appearance and it’s almost certain fatal outcome.
AIDS is simple in neither cause nor effect. Basically, it is a life-treating disruption of the immune system by HIV. This virus progressively weakens the body’s ability to fight off diseases, opening it to severe infections with both common and exotic organisms, as well as various forms of cancer.
Apparently HIV is particularly dangerous because it can lie hidden for years thus; someone infected by HIV may not yet have AIDS nor experience any symptoms. As symptoms related to the viral infection begin to appear, the term AIDS - Related Complex – ARC is often used to describe the situation, only when the immune system nears total collapse is a patient said to have AIDS. Victims who are on antiretroviral treatment and strive to live a normal life can actually live for several years.
HIV has sparked tremendous fear and controversy, not only because of whom it attacks and the way it is transmitted, but because of its hidden nature and lethal results. Nonetheless, ignoring all odds victims should not be despair and give up on life; instead it would be worthwhile for them to make the best of life.
Certainly victims experience stigmatization but they are equally encouraged to live a normal and good life. Some victims as noted becomes repugnant and dubious thereby embarking in a contamination binge holding they never bought the disease neither did they commit any mortal sin to be afflicted by such nightmare. This is wrong, I beseech victims to be selfless and endeavour to limit the spread of the disease by advising others and utilsing preventive measures to curb the spread of the disease.
Many victims are now HIV/AIDS Advocates and Counselors and some from their life demises are now open to better opportunities through the help of philanthropic organizations, they are trained to sensitise and educate others. HIV/AIDS victims should please join in this fight rather than aggravating the situation.