Sunday, October 25, 2009
How bad is the AIDS crisis in Africa?
How AIDS in Africa Was Overstated
Reliance on Data From Urban Prenatal Clinics Skewed Early Projections
By Craig Timberg
Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, April 6, 2006; Page A01http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con...KIGALI, Rwanda -- Researchers said nearly two decades ago that this tiny country was part of an AIDS Belt stretching across the midsection of Africa, a place so infected with a new, incurable disease that, in the hardest-hit places, one in three working-age adults were already doomed to die of it.But AIDS deaths on the predicted scale never arrived here, government health officials say. A new national study illustrates why: The rate of HIV infection among Rwandans ages 15 to 49 is 3 percent, according to the study, enough to qualify as a major health problem but not nearly the national catastrophe once predicted.___Report: African AIDS Numbers Grossly Exaggerated May. 05, 2000WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com/LSN.ca) - In a watershed report, news web site WorldNetDaily.com has revealed that AIDS in Africa is defined differently than in America and that when the American definitions are used Africa's reported AIDS 'epidemic' disappears.HIV tests which are essential to the AIDS diagnosis in America are not given in Africa except to tiny samples of the population. Rather in Africa the "Bangui Definition" created at a World Health Organization meeting in October, 1985 is used to define AIDS.According to this definition, AIDS is considered present when a person is diagnosed with two of the following three symptoms combined with any one of several minor symptoms: "prolonged fevers for a month or more, weight loss over 10 percent, prolonged diarrhea." The minor symptoms include chronically swollen lymph nodes, persistent cough for more than a month, persistent herpes, and itching skin inflammation.Critics said such symptoms can be the result of a host of causes other than AIDS in that war-torn and disease-ridden continent. Rather than the tens of millions of AIDS cases in each African country as has been reported, strict accounting for AIDS by the American definition reports a cumulative total of 794,444 cases from 1982 to November 1999, according to the WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record of November 26, 1999. African countries, WorldNetDaily.com noted, cooperate in the miscount since "AIDS" reports result in massive infusions of government and private donations.____Every epidemic disease is now renamed 'AIDS' under the Bangui Definition.Mortalities (non natural) in S.A. remain at the same 2.2% P.A. that they were BEFORE AIDS. Either every other disease in the region vanished overnight or 'AIDS' is simply the old diseases with a new name. You decide.-------------In Africa, the continent supposedly being decimated by
HIV, HIV tests are rarely ever done, so there the idea
that all patients with AIDS are infected with HIV is
based entirely on supposition.At a WHO conference in the Central African Republic in 1985, U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) introduced the "Bangui Definition" of AIDS in Africa.The CDC officials later explained, "The definition was reached by consensus, based mostly on the delegates' experience in treating AIDS patients. It has proven a useful tool in determining the extent of the AIDS epidemic in Africa, especially in areas where no testing is available.It's major components were prolonged fevers (for a month or more), weight loss of 10% or greater, and prolonged diarrhea..."(McCormick, 1996). Where AIDS is diagnosed clinically, large numbers of AIDS patients test negative for HIV. As no HIV testing is required in Africa we have no idea how many AIDS cases there are HIV positive (De ####, 1991; Gilks, 1991; Widy-Wirski, 1988)._______Other conditions common in underprivileged and
impoverished communities that are known to cause false
positive results are tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis and leprosy (Burke, 1993; Challakeree, 1993; Johnson, 1998; Kashala, 1994; MacKenzie,1992; Meyer, 1987). In fact, these are the primary health threats in Africa; several million cases of tuberculosis and malaria are reported in Africa each year - more than all the AIDS cases reported in Africa since 1982 (WHO, 1998)*.
AIDS/HIV,STARVATION/INADEQUATE NUTRITION,INADEQUATE MEDICAL TREATMENT AND SUPPLIES,DISEASE CONTROL,LACK OF POTABLE WATER('CLEAN' DRINKING WATER')and let's not forget "CIVIL WARS"---ALL WHICH CAN BE CLASSIFIED AS SOCIAL "SCOURGES"----- CAN ALL BE ADDRESSED,AND, MASS SUFFERING GREATLY ALLEVIATED---WITH THE INFUSION OF NECESSARY, ADEQUATE FINANCIAL RESOURCES,AND COMMITMENT,BOTH OF WHICH SEEM TO BE LACKING------COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS THAT YOUR GOD CHOSE TO ASSIGN YOUR SOUL TO/WITHIN A BODY SHELL LOCATED IN A NON-"THIRD WORLD" COUNTRY!!
Really bad in parts of the continent. Some countries have almost half the population infected with AIDS. A friend of mine goes to Africa for mission work and she said the government tells them that what we do to try to help them, with medicaitons are really making them sicker. The source below is for the the CIA world factbook. Select a country from the drop down list, andt there is a section of how many are infected with AIDS. It also provides a lot more information about that country.
how bad? its too bad :/ just look at the statistics by clicking on the link below and then you will know what i mean by too bad
I recently saw a documentary about a village in Zaire where all the parents have died of AID's, and grandparents are raising their orphans; most of these children are infected too. It showed how hard it was to get AID's medicine on a regular basis for these children. It also showed how they are going hungry. Most often their diet consists of wild greens. The saddest thing about it was that most of these children looked happier than the kids you see in Walmart.
it out of control////
In some countries, over half the population are infected.It's pretty damn bad.