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By Bryan J. Grapes

Wisdom of AIDS and different sexually transmitted illnesses has elevated with schooling efforts. yet has the matter been overblown? And what are the simplest tools of prevention? This anthology debates those concerns within the following chapters: Are Sexually Transmitted ailments a major challenge? may still Public well-being Measures Be Used to avoid the unfold of HIV? How Can Sexually Transmitted ailments Be avoided?

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Even healthy farmers can be haunted by AIDS when their children move to cities to seek more opportunities, contract the virus, then return to their parents’ village for care. “In Botswana, we go home to die,” says Prisca Tembo, an AIDS prevention worker in the capital city of Gaborone. In the course of impoverishing itself, a family frequently enriches people with virtually no modern medical skills. Traditional healers treat 70% of AIDS cases in Botswana. They charge $10 to $20 per visit to patients whose yearly income might be $500.

By far the worst offender is Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa. He claims to have personally investigated the disease and doubts that HIV leads to AIDS. He questions whether AZT, one of the most useful medicines in slowing the progress of HIV, really works. ) Partly as a result of Mbeki’s foolishness, South Africa refuses to give AZT to pregnant women close to term—even though it 37 CC STDs Frontmatter 2/25/04 2:52 PM Page 38 Sexually Transmitted Diseases greatly reduces the spread of HIV to newborns.

For the first time since 1990, AIDS was not one of the ten leading causes of death, dropping from eighth place in 1996 to 14th in 1997. The National Center for Reprinted from Bruce Shenitz, “The Worst Is Over,” The Advocate, January 19, 1999. Reprinted with permission from the author. 52 CC STDs Frontmatter 2/25/04 2:52 PM Page 53 Chapter 1 Health Statistics (NCHS) at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in October that HIV-related deaths fell 47% from 1996 to 1997.

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