Global Public Health


PUBH-100: Global Issues in Public Health

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Immune System Diseases | Public Health | Virus Diseases

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This brief describes the political structure, internal, and external challenges of Togo, Africa. It primarily focuses on the internal challenge of the high AIDS prevalence in the country and goes into detail on the epidemiology, identification, challenges, and suggestions regarding the disease. AIDS is an immunodeficiency virus that makes it hard for the host to fight off infections and illnesses. The virus is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluid and is most commonly spread through unprotected sex. Men having sex with men are at the highest risk of contracting HIV/AIDS in this region. Pregnant women with HIV/AIDS are also at a high risk for transmitting the disease to their unborn children. In response, the country has increased public availability of condoms to help prevent the spread of the disease as well as increasing the level of access to medications that prolong the survival of people with the disease. Togo needs to continue these interventions as well as educating the public on how the disease is transmitted and spread to decrease the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in their country.

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