Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Verdades inconvenientes

UN: No Heterosexual AIDS Problem Outside Africa "Oh, by the way, the head of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS department has officially admitted for the first time that there will be no global epidemic of the disease among the heterosexual population outside Africa. Whew."(...)

Kevin de Cock said global prevention strategies to address AIDS as a risk to all populations, among the WHO and major AIDS organizations, may have been misdirected. It is now recognized that, with the exception of sub-Saharan African, it is confined to high-risk groups. These groups include men who have sex with other men, drug users who inject with needles, and sex workers and their clients, The Independent reported.

Some AIDS organizations, including the WHO, U.N. AIDS and the Global Fund have been blasted for inflating estimates of the number of people infected, taking much-needed funds from other diseases like malaria, spending it on the wrong efforts such as abstinence programs rather than condoms.

One result of the WHO’s admission may be that the vast sums of money spent on AIDS education for people who are not at risk may now be concentrated on high-risk groups."

1 comment:

Miguel Madeira said...

A crença que há um grande risco de apanhar SIDA não será uma "mentira conveniente"?

Afinal, se calhar há pouco perigo de apanhar SIDA exactamente porque muita gente acha que há um grande perigo de a apanhar.