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To: traditionalist
From what I have read, OTOH, third world deaths due to AIDS related diseases are often summarily judged to have been caused by HIV. The diseases encompassed in the AIDS Related Complex existed prior to HIV, but are now used as evidence of HIV infection. Under this assumption, it seems to me that the HIV infection rates in the third world are probably inflated. If I'm wrong on this I'd like to know.

IMHO the primary cause of HIV transmission (and many other nasty diseases) is and will remain, someone sticking their d*** somewhere where it doesn't belong, or someone sticking something into their body that doesn't belong there. Until that is generally understood, HIV infection rates will increase.

We can burn up an infinite amount of time and money facilitating the status quo while trying to abate the consequences. Taking a page from addiction recovery, this is known as "enabling" and its end result is disaster.
24 posted on 12/02/2003 11:29:54 AM PST by Jack of all Trades
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To: Jack of all Trades
Third world AIDS figures are inflated, but even if you allow for that, the rates are still way too high for HIV to have been spread there primarily through homosexual behavior or IV drug use.

It is a well-documented fact that numerous factors unique to the third world make heterosexual transmission a lot easier there.

Also, the blood supply is tainted, so lots of people there get it through transfusions. Medical needles aren't well sterilized, so lots more people get it from injections.

It's a mess, and in today's interconnected world, we ignore it at our peril.

That being said, most AIDS prevetion programs that mindlessly push condoms aren't doing any good.

31 posted on 12/02/2003 2:19:23 PM PST by traditionalist
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