Worldwide Epidemic Spread Far Worse Than We're Being Told
The World Health Organization recently released their report estimating that currently there are 18 million HIV-infected people in the world. How WHO officials arrived at their estimate, however, is a mystery since HIV is not a reportable disease in most nations.
Tens of Millions Infected with HIV in Africa Alone
On the other hand, reports recently received by HIV-Watch from Africa missionaries estimate that there are currently 20 million AIDS orphans in Africa alone; furthermore, 10 million of those African orphans are said to be HIV-positive. The missionaries also report that there are many villages and towns in central Africa completely devoid of human life, while in other villages there are only a few adolescent children, rummaging for food for sustenance.
How is it possible to reconcile such conflicting estimates of the extent of the epidemic? Reverend Vern Tisdalle and his wife Belva, long-time friends of HIV-Watch, are leaving for Africa in June or July of this year. They have promised to keep HIV-Watch advised as to the true extent of the epidemic. I look forward to their front-line reports, but I fear that the epidemic is far more extensive than the WHO is telling us. Why would that be? Because if the American public knew of the extent of the epidemic, they might demand that standard public health techniques be used to bring this epidemic under control before it depopulates Africa, and Asia, and America's inner cities.
Spread of HIV in India Parallels the Spread of HIV in Africa
Recent epidemiologic studies charting the spread of HIV disease in India demonstrate a frightening similarity to the spread of HIV disease in Africa.
In Africa, the epidemic spread initially along trucking routes, from prostitutes to truck drivers, to their families, then into the towns.
In India, epidemiologic studies demonstrate a similar pattern; 50% of prostitutes in many of the major cities are currently infected, while 10% of truck drivers have been found to be infected.
A Reuter's news service report of 12/11/94 quoted "I.S. Gilada, Secretary General of the Bombay-based Indian Health Association, (who) predicted that 10,000 Indians will die each day from AIDS by the year 2000."
Could this possibly be happening? Where is the call for public health measures to slow the epidemic and save human lives? ("AIDS to kill 10,000 Indians a day by 2000—Expert" : Reuters 12/11/94; also quoted in the CDC AIDS Daily Summary).
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