posted on 12/11/2003 9:07:23 AM PST
by E Rocc
To: E Rocc
There is some reason to be skeptical of some of the third world AIDS statistics. The reliable tests for identifying or diagnosing HIV/AIDS cost money - including equipped labs - that is very scarce in these places. So, more often, the "diagnosis" of AIDS is not made on the basis of anything scientific but only on a similarity of symptoms -- frequently weight loss (there was a time in the English speaking parts of Africa when AIDS was simply called "the slimming disease"), even though the same symptom comes with dysentery and a bunch of other tropical ailments endemic to Africa, and pretty much the same applies to other symptoms used to "disagnose" AIDS.
Add to this, that the more prosperous nations are throwing money at AIDS but not at the other African diseases, and there is not merely an easy way to make a mistake but a very very strong motive to diagnose AIDS instead of whatever the ailment really is.
posted on 12/11/2003 9:19:54 AM PST
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