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Old 12-17-2008, 01:33 AM
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Originally Posted by annerk View Post
In Africa, over 25% of the citizens of that continent have HIV or AIDS. Many are children who got it from their mother either in utero or during breast feeding. Rape is commonplace in many African nations, in fact ignorance is so widespread that many men believe that they can be cured of AIDS by having intercourse with a virgin--often an unlucky victim as young as eight. Getting an African man who is commiting rape--either against a stranger or his own wife--to wear a condom is probably about as easy as wrapping a tiger in gift wrap.

Education is helping a very little in Africa, but there is so much distrust of modern medicine and the sociatal norms are so different from those in modernized countries that it will take decades before education makes more than a drop in a bucket in terms of change in behaviors.
Wow 25% that is crazy!!!! I didn't realize it was that bad.
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Old 12-17-2008, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by glamaddict View Post
Wow 25% that is crazy!!!! I didn't realize it was that bad.
It's not.

According to the UN Report, only Swaziland, one of the least populous countries in Africa, has a rate of over 25%. Most have a rate less than 10%.

In fact, using the UN's data:

Coupled with population data on Wikipedia:
List of African countries by population - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The total incidence rate in Africa is more like 5.6%.

Still an epidemic, and shocking, but not nearly so bad as 25%.

In fact, if you look at the UN data carefully:
2008 Report on the global AIDS epidemic

You'll notice that the UN data measures HIV rates based on the number of women tested in antenatal (prenatal) care centers.

The Washington Post in '06 prepared an interesting article, calling the reported AIDS rate in Africa "overstated."
How AIDS in Africa Was Overstated - washingtonpost.com
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