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Environmental contexts of AIDS

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The health of the local environment can also shape individual vulnerability to HIV/AIDS in at least two ways. First, resource scarcity often deepens poverty in natural resource-dependent regions, as in much of rural areas, s econd natural resource scarcity may lead to food insecurity and inadequate diet, which can further undermine the immune system of HIV-infected people. Malnutrition increases the susceptibility of HIV-infected persons to opportunistic infections, while also increasing the risk of HIV transmission from mother to baby. AIDS deaths are concentrated in prime working ages particularly the 25-to-45 age group and the loss of a productive household member can be especially devastating to households already living in poverty, Natural resources available through the local environment can act as a buffer against these losses.

  • Risk factors of HIV transmission
  • Economic context of AIDS

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