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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Of People in Africa and Other Underdeveloped Countries and How They Are Faring vis-à-vis AIDS.

They are faring very well thank you. They are taking their antiretroviral medications and doing better than many of us in the more developed part of the Western Hemisphere. Are they really? No, they are not. The UN itself said so. I mean, not that they are not doing well, mind you, but something else: top scientists at the important body admit that they (may) have overblown the scale of the global Aids epidemic. Which is very much contrary to their own doomsday forecasts and when, in the past, activists have warned that everyone in society is at risk. All of this is reported by The Daily Mail which goes on to say that "the UN Aids agency’s latest (2007) annual report says that in most parts of the world, outbreaks of the disease were “mostly concentrated in gay men, intravenous drug users and prostitutes”.

Our take: the truth of the matter is that governments instead of focusing on the more immediate problems such as the eradication of hunger and of other more common diseases, they will zero in on AIDS. South Africa is a good example, a dramatic one for what is is worth. Thabo Mbeki, South Africa's last president, was the target of the pharmaceutical industry's wrath when he sided with AIDS dissidents and searched for other alternatives for the problem of AIDS in his country. It is all very well documented and available on the internet. Elsewhere, we see criticism leveled at all levels of government in the beleaguered continent on how they are not doing enough to save their populations from the horrible disease, and worse still, at the very population on how promiscuous they are and how they do not care at all about acquiring AIDS.

Is this big pharma propaganda? Are they all dying of AIDS? Are the problems of Africa to be solved with the use of very toxic and costly medicines? Are condom-awareness campaigns effective? What are we to do? Watch and see.

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