HIV/AIDS Outreach Programs for Prevention, Testing and Counseling - a decade ago, life expectancy in Africa was 61 years. Today, it is just 37. 

\AIDS victims are increasing at a fast rate not only in Africa but also with immigrant communities in the United States.. This insidious disease is ravaging the World, with a permanent cure yet to be found. In the African immigrant community resident in the United States, for example, knowledge of HIV testing and prevention is almost nonexistent because of cultural taboos about the disease. Because of these and other factors, It is not surprising that the UNAIDS reports that the African continent accounts for the highest rate of infection world-wide. A UNAIDS report estimates there are about 23 million people in Sub Saharan Africa who are HIV positive; 70% of these are women. According to the same UNAIDS report, as of 2010, in all of Africa, more than 23 million adults including women and children were living with HIV/AIDS and millions had already died of this horrific disease.

The countries hardest hit with HIV AIDS are Botswana, Malawi, South Africa India, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Guyana, Haiti, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Swaziland and Zambia. Swaziland, one of the poorest countries in the world, is mostly severely affected. Four in every 10 people are HIV positive. Today, more than one third of the population in four African countries (Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe) is HIV positive. This terrible situation is creating millions more AIDs orphans and is spreading famine to the entire community, as key workers are lost to the disease. About 50% of the patients in these country's hospitals now have AIDS, while about one third of all children will be AIDS orphans. There are currently 16 million AIDS orphans in the world of which Africa account for 70% of the figure. In some African countries, the tradition of inheriting the now-infected wives of fathers or brothers who died of AIDS is also contributing immensely to the spread of the deadly disease, causing a generation to go to its early grave and leaving behind AIDS orphans.

The HIV virus is passed down from pregnant mothers to their babies. It costs just a little to purchase the medication to stop this, but most of the hospitals in the affected countries in Africa do not have the medical/pharmaceutical supplies or other HIV/AIDS medications due to poverty and financial constraint “if testing is not encouraged, AIDS will become worldwide, the ultimate weapon of mass destruction”.

Ms. Elsa, Program manager, IRIS HOUSE (standing), a special service HIV ADIS organization, teaching the women leaders of the African immigrant community from the five boroughs of NEW YORK CITY, on testing and prevention of HIV AIDS in APARA office. This part of APARA outreach programs to help the African immigrants for the importance of testing and prevention of HIV AIDS.