From the BBC News website:
“Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are leading a global decline in new HIV infections, the UN has said. UNAids said 22 countries in the world’s worst affected region had seen a drop in new cases of more than 25%. The fall was because of greater awareness and better use of preventative measures, it said.”
Check out the rest of the story here.
I’m glad to hear it because at one point it seemed as if HIV/AIDS was going to wipe out generations of Africans. Many people either denied it existed, or used crude and ineffective methods (such as having a shower after sleeping with an HIV victim) to avoid catching it.
Preventative measures such as using condoms were discouraged by misguided religious leaders. Even the ex-president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, questioned the link between HIV and AIDS, preferring to link AIDS with poverty instead.
I found an interesting website which talks about the history of HIV/AIDS in Africa. It’s very long, but it explains in great detail how the HIV virus spread throughout Africa. It also talks about the steps that countries are taking to combat the disease. I think this kind of good news is long overdue!
- Africa leads decline in HIV cases (bbc.co.uk)
- Malawi rules out circumcision for AIDS prevention (sfgate.com)
- AIDS awareness on the decline (mayoclinic.com)