Discuss “Whether culture should be seen as a driver of the HIV epidemic or a solution to curb it?”
Culture can be described as a group of people whose shared beliefs and practices identify the particular place, class or time to which they belong (Encarta Dictionary definition). According to Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, culture can also be defined as “an intergrated pattern of human knowledge, belief and behaviour that depends upon the capacity for symbolic thought and social learning”. However, in relation to both of the above modern/urban culture is the culture of towns and cities – I will be focus on this for the first section of this thesis.
In recent times there has been a significant increase in the number of people, primarily the youth, who have been influenced negatively by the criteria portrayed by the various cultures that have presented themselves, to which the people of our nation, amongst numerous others, have taken up as their own. Modern/urban cultures seemingly exploit the use of narcotics and alcohol, members solicitously engage in acts like theft and robbery, and have popularized sexual relationships with multiple partners. Because of the latter, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has spiraled out of control as the public is ignorant. In instances like this culture is unarguably a driver of the HIV epidemic since the individuals who count themselves as part of these cultures are mostly arrogant, think themselves untouchable, disregard the rules (seeing as they regard themselves above the law), and habitually confer amid one another for the reason that they believe they are family, even though it’s not by blood.
Since most individuals are characteristically impartial to the consequences, despite high-risk behaviour involving multiple partners and inconsistent use of condoms, none of them seem to realize that the activities in which they participate may cause harm and irreversible damage; to those they love, to themselves, their respective...