#1 HIV Infection Rate...Leveling Off?
06-09-2009, 02:49 PM
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...at least in South Africa. Of course, no mention of the $19 billion Bush sent to Africa to fight AIDS from 2003-2008, or the $48 billion more authorized last July to continue the program for the next 5 years.
HIV in South Africa 'levels off'
South Africa's HIV epidemic has levelled off at an infection rate of 10.9% for those aged two or older, according to a new study.
The survey also suggests the rate of infection in children and teenagers could be falling.
This could be partly attributed to increased use of condoms, it says.
But the survey warned that the overall situation remained "dire". South Africa has the world's largest HIV-positive population, at 5.5 million.
Women aged between 20 and 34 continued to be the worst affected, with 33% carrying HIV, the report by the Human Sciences Research Council said.
Olive Shisana, an author of the study of 20,826 people released on Tuesday, said there were "promising findings of a changing pattern of HIV infection among children and youth".
"The good news is that the change in HIV prevalence in children is most likely attributable to the successful implementation of several HIV-prevention interventions," she said.
In children aged 2-14, HIV prevalence had dropped from 5.6% in 2002 to 2.5% in 2008, the report said.
There was also a fall in new infections among teenagers aged 15-19.
The overall level of HIV infection in those aged two and over, at 10.9%, had moved little.
In 2002 the figure was 10.8% and in 2005 11.4%.
Reports of condom use were sharply up among young people.
In 2002 57% of men aged 15-24 said they used a condom at their last sexual encounter - a figure which rose to 87% in 2008.
The figure for women in the same age group rose from 46% to 73%.
"There is clearly light at the end of the tunnel," said Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. "There is real light."
However, the survey also listed a series of challenges, including a rise in the number of those who have many sexual partners and an increase in HIV prevalence among 15-49 year-olds in some provinces.
Fraser McNeill, an anthropologist at the London School of Economics who has studied HIV/Aids among South Africa's Venda ethnic group, told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme that the report was "great news" if the statistics were reliable.
But he cautioned that programmes to tackle HIV could run up against cultural obstacles.
"I found ways in which Aids intervention programmes are implemented are counterproductive," he said.
"People on the ground often believe that condoms actually cause Aids, and the women who are involved in the process of Aids education are often framed as vectors of the virus."
Last edited by AHeneen; 06-09-2009 at 02:55 PM."Because we're a great nation, our challenges seem complex; it will always be this way. But as long as we remember our first principals and believe in ourselves, the future will always be ours." -Reagan
06-09-2009, 03:13 PM
There's a sad documentary on HBO about the Agape orphanage in South Africa. It's sad because one of the kids in it dies of AIDS by the end of the movie. All of the children in the orphanage have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS. The orphanage itself was founded by a woman who just started taking in kids when their parents died.
The Agape choir performed at my church a few years ago. They are a talented bunch of kids. I bought their CD (and a copy for my neices), and funds raised by their CD go directly into caring for the kids.
06-09-2009, 04:23 PMI feel that once a black fella has referred to white foks as "honky paleface devil white-trash cracker redneck Caspers," he's abdicated the right to get upset about the "N" word. But that's just me. -- Jim Goad
06-09-2009, 04:51 PM
I would say it's our responsibility in a charitable sense, not in a government aid sense. Church groups and other charities have a responsibility to serve all people who are suffering. The US government doesn't. I'll give money to the Agape Orphanage again. They are worthy of the donation.
06-09-2009, 04:55 PMI feel that once a black fella has referred to white foks as "honky paleface devil white-trash cracker redneck Caspers," he's abdicated the right to get upset about the "N" word. But that's just me. -- Jim Goad
06-09-2009, 05:17 PMNever argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience.
06-09-2009, 05:19 PM
06-09-2009, 09:11 PM
and yet no one is willing to admit what is causing this epidemic or willing to tell people the truth about how to stop it. On the contrary - they have made abstinence a dirty word.Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
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