Sunday, June 8, 2008

Myth of heterosexual AIDS epidemic debunked?

World Health Organization Admits Threat of Global AIDS Epidemic Is Over - Health News | Current Health News | Medical News: "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, The Independent reported.

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."

The myth of an impending AIDS epidemic in the heterosexual population has been used to support funding for AIDS research by the US government. The idea was to convince people that everybody was at risk--not just the people do engage in certain practices that carry a high risk of AIDS transmission.

There has never been good evidence that AIDS was a serious health risk to the general population. The only surprise here is that WHO is finally admitting it.

Will this admission undermine support for funding AIDS research?

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