Some real facts about HIV and AIDs...
Not being content to merely just accept what is said at the World AIDs conference, I decided to check out the latest Canadian Government report on HIV and AIDs statistics. You can get the latest report here...and it is current up to December 21st, 2005.
1. Postive HIV tests have stabilized.
Here are the number of positive HIV tests:
2. Most people who have tested positively are male
Cumulative test results to date:
Female 9,325 (or 16%)
3. AIDs cases are at their lowest level in 22 years
There were only 279 reported cases of AIDs in ALL of Canada in 2005.
4. To date, 91% of AIDs cases are male.
Male Adults 18,324
Female Adults 1,786
In 2005, only 213 male cases of AIDs were reported and only 59 female cases.
5. 92% of total deaths frm AIDs have been male.
6. Children have been largely unaffected by AIDs in Canada.
Only 93 children have died of AIDs since 1987.
7. Heterosexuals have not been affected by AIDs.
Over 95% of AIDs cases have been in the homosexual community.
One last question. I have heard repeatedly that many people don't know they have HIV. And, I accept that. But, then why have the number of AIDs cases gone down. Clearly, many (if not most) people with HIV are NOT getting treatment (since they don't know they have the virus)....and yet AIDs cases are going down. I suspect that the virus has lost some of its potency. Perhaps there is another explanation, but I don't think we're going to get it at the AIDs conference.
From my perspective, AIDs is now largely an African problem. We should be aggresively supporting programs that distribute condoms, etc. into Africa. Changing behavior can combat AIDs....I'm not sure the answer is tons of drugs.