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Global AIDS Epidemic Was A Myth

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Global AIDS Epidemic Was A Myth

The World Health Organization recently admitted that the treat of a worldwide AIDS epidemic was overstated and never a threat

who Global AIDS Epidemic Was A MythThe World Health Organization recently admitted that the so-called global AIDS epidemic is over.

The WHO’s head of HIV/AIDS department has announced that for the first time, there will be no global epidemic of the disease among the heterosexual population outside of sub-Sharan Africa.

Kevin de Cock said the WHO and other major AIDS organizations previously devised global prevention strategies – addressing AIDS as a risk to all populations – which may have been misdirected.

The WHO now says that AIDS is confined to high-risk groups only, these include:

  • Men who have sex with other men
  • Drug users who inject with needles
  • Sex workers and their clients

De Cock explains,

“It is very unlikely there will be a heterosexual epidemic in other countries,”
“Ten years ago a lot of people were saying there would be a generalized epidemic in Asia China was the big worry with its huge population. That doesn’t look likely. But we have to be careful. As an epidemiologist it is better to describe what we can measure. There could be small outbreaks in some areas.”

Despite the new findings, AIDS is still responsible for taking more adult lives than all war. It is estimated that less than a third of people in developing countries who need the anti-retroviral drugs are receiving them.

Last year there were approximately 33 million people living with HIV.

Many AIDS organizations, including the WHO, U.N. AIDS and the Global Fund have been accused of over estimating the amount of people infected with the disease.

The efforts and funds which had been wrongly used for AIDS abstinence programs rather than condoms can now be focused toward other diseases like malaria. The extra funds can also be concentrated directly AIDS educations for the high-risk groups.

AIDs in Thailand

Many travelers worry about diseases and overall health when traveling to Thailand. This again is a mis-conception and an overstated threat. All though you should always exercise some additional prevention and caution when traveling anywhere; your general welfare and risk in Thailand is safe.

However, those who engage in risky behavior and are not discriminative when chooses locations to eat, may encounter unnecessary illness that are easily avoidable.

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