HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa: To what extent is poverty responsible for the high prevalence
HIV infection has long been concentrated in the poorest, most marginalised region of the world- Sub-Saharan Africa. The relationship between HIV/AIDS and economic destitution has therefore become a pivotal topic for discussion particularly in the context of defining the most effective way to advance treatment and care against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This paper argues that there is value in moving beyond viewing poverty merely
as an economic disadvantage that can be quantified in monetary terms, and rather that poverty should
be viewed as an abstract web with various projections that cast influence on all aspects of one’s life. Each of these projections represents a separate determinant for the contraction of HIV/AIDS-- such as perpetuating gender inequality, a lack of employment and social unrest-- all of which converge at the central core that represents poverty.