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Qtec
11-25-2003, 10:49 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3237358.stm

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Washington has promised to spend $15 billion over the next five years on tackling HIV/Aids around the world. One third of the money is being allocated to projects promoting sexual abstinence <hr /></blockquote>

$5 billion to tell people not to have sex ! Seems like a waste of money.

Maybe the next Pope will be more realistic.

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Qtec
11-25-2003, 11:43 PM
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Global HIV rates at record high
A record number of people were infected with HIV around the world this year, a report says.
Figures from UNAids and the World Health Organization put the number of new infections at five million.

The report also estimates that three million people died from the disease this year.

But it warns that the figures could rise sharply in the years ahead, with Eastern Europe and Central Asia on the verge of epidemics.

Africa hit hardest

The report, which is published ahead of World Aids Day on 1 December, estimates 40 million people around the world are infected with HIV/Aids. Of these, 2.5 million are children.


Around 14,000 people are infected with the disease every day.
Officials say the figures are more reliable than previous year's estimates, following improvements in the way the data is collected.

People living in sub-Saharan Africa continue to be most at risk. About 30% of people living with HIV/Aids are in this part of the world.

South Africa, alone, is home to 5.3 million people with HIV - more than any other country in the world. In Botswana, 39% of the population is HIV positive, the report says.

Two out of three new HIV infections occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Three out four deaths from the disease occur in this part of the world.

Emerging epidemics

However, the report also shows that other countries are standing on the verge of major epidemics.


The number of reported infections is rising sharply in China, India, Indonesia and Russia, mostly due to HIV transmission through injecting drug use and unsafe sex.

Derek Bodell, chief executive of the UK's National Aids Trust, said: "Today's statistics continue to cause us concern.

"By now it should be evident to all that HIV does not respect borders."

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eg8r
11-26-2003, 08:19 AM
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$5 billion to tell people not to have sex ! Seems like a waste of money.

Maybe the next Pope will be more realistic.
<hr /></blockquote> Exactly. Just take a look at all the people smoking. Every box they have tells them smoking is harmful, yet they continue to light up.

That $15 billion would be better spent here in America helping our own AID/HIV citizens.

eg8r

Kato
11-26-2003, 02:59 PM
Makes no sense. People in Africa haven't stopped having sex and they're dropping like flies and have for years. People are still sharing needles and contracting the disease. The only way it'll be helped is promoting the use of condoms and clean needles.

Sure, tell people to stop having sex. Great idea. Of course the Moral Majority Right Wing types on Capital Hill don't mind throwing a few billion at it. Buy a billion condoms and pass 'em out.

Kato