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Old July 28th, 2012 #1
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Default AIDS successes (By George W. Bush)

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion...successes.html

Expanding on African AIDS successes



By George W. Bush

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Some 25,000 delegates gathered in Washington this week for the 2012 International AIDS Conference. They did so at a moment of exceptional promise. Gains in AIDS treatment are remarkable — and continuing.

One of the saddest tragedies in the world is for people to die of AIDS when lifesaving medicines are available. Just a decade ago, that tragedy was playing out across Africa. Thanks to the generosity of the American people, this is no longer the case today.

Through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis — working with governments, faith-based and community organizations, and the private sector — treatment and prevention have advanced at an almost unimaginable pace. This month, the Joint United Nations Program on AIDS (UNAIDS) announced that 6.2 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are on lifesaving antiretroviral AIDS drugs — up from just 100,000 in 2003.

This is more than a vast statistic. It is a series of real people's names — those of nurses, doctors, civil servants, farmers, students, entrepreneurs, and parents who did not leave orphans behind. It is proof of what many in Africa call the Lazarus effect: Communities once given up for dead have been brought back to life, and millions of men, women, and children are alive to build their futures.

An important by-product of this effort has been an improvement in African health systems. PEPFAR and other programs have helped improve standards and infrastructure. This has raised an exciting prospect: extending the gains on AIDS to other diseases.

It is heart-wrenching to save a woman from AIDS only to watch her die of cervical cancer, which is more prevalent among women with HIV. So Laura and I, along with the Bush Institute and partners from the public and private sectors, started Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon to save women from breast and cervical cancer, two of the leading causes of cancer death in Africa. Like PEPFAR, the program depends on a broad alliance. The Bush Institute is working with the Obama administration, UNAIDS, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and private-sector partners, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been a consistent champion.

We launched Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon in Lusaka, Zambia, in December, and returned to Africa this month to expand it to Botswana. During our trip, Laura and I went back to Zambia and helped refurbish a women's health clinic in Kabwe, two hours north of the capital.

As soon as we cut the ribbon, the clinic started screening women who had lined up to be tested for cervical cancer. It was a joy to see the relief on the first patient's face when she left with a clean bill of health. And it is heartening that those with early signs of cancer will have access to treatment and a good chance of beating it.

During the past decade, millions of lives have been saved and changed by a global effort. It would be a sad and terrible thing if the world chose this moment to lose its focus and will.

National and local governments in Africa can provide more resources and funding, as Zambia is. But to continue the momentum in the fight against AIDS, America must continue to lead. Having seen the need and accepted the challenge, we can't turn our backs now.
Thanks taxpayers, thanks...
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Default $1.4 billion of success money since 2004 for government institution workers

“Abstinence promotion” policies the United States has funded for more than a decade as part of an effort to slow the spread of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa are largely ineffective, a new evaluation of the program concludes.

The U.S. has spent more than $1.4 billion since 2004 telling young people in Africa to abstain from sex before marriage and then commit to a single partner. That funding didn’t influence the number of sex partners people had, the age at which they started having sex, or teen pregnancy rates, according to a study published on Monday in the journal Health Affairs by researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine.

The abstinence policies are a controversial part of former President George W. Bush’s ambitious program to fight HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, around the globe, and they have continued under President Obama. The broader effort, known as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or Pepfar, is widely considered a global health success. It has delivered life-saving HIV medicines to millions of people, largely in poor countries in sub-Saharan Africa, at a cost of more than $50 billion since 2004. The program "reset the world's expectations for what can be accomplished with ambitious goals, ample funding, and humanitarian commitment to a public health crisis,” according to a 2013 evaluation by the Institute of Medicine.

From the start, though, Pepfar was subject to certain ideological restrictions. The money couldn’t go to needle exchanges or to organizations that didn’t have policies explicitly opposing prostitution. Of Pepfar's prevention funding, the law required at least a third to go to programs focused on abstinence and faithfulness. That restriction was loosened in 2008, but the U.S. has continued to devote tens of millions of dollars a year to such programs.

The policy clashed with the reality of the HIV epidemic on the ground in Africa. For example, the 2013 Institute of Medicine report noted the “inherent mismatch between an abstinence/be faithful approach and programs for individuals engaged in sex work,” who are an important target for HIV prevention efforts. The Health Affairs report adds that abstinence promotion may be funded “at the opportunity cost of other, potentially more effective, prevention services,” such as promoting condoms or treatment to prevent HIV-positive mothers from passing the virus on to newborns.

The study has some limits. It didn’t compare individual people who had received abstinence education with those who had not, and researchers may not have been able to control for all the differences between the countries they compared.

A spokeswoman for Pepfar didn’t respond to questions about current funding for abstinence programs or whether Pepfar plans to continue them. In an e-mailed statement, Pepfar said it has “continually evolved its approach,” based on the latest evidence.

Additional evaluations of abstinence policies have found little evidence that they work. An analysis by

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Old August 3rd, 2016 #3
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Default $1.4bn Wasted on African anti-HIV Program

A $1.4 billion U.S. taxpayer-funded anti-AIDS campaign to teach Africans sexual responsibility has failed completely and the money has been wasted, it has emerged.

The campaign forms part of the George W. Bush-created U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

According to a new report in the Scientific American, the latest waste of money “was supposed to prevent the spread of HIV—but it didn’t work.”

The Scientific American report revealed that a “rigorous comparison of national data from countries that received abstinence funding” from PEPFAR with those that got none of the funding, showed no difference in the age of first sexual experience, the number of sexual partners, or teenage pregnancies—all aspects of behaviors which are linked to a higher risk of becoming infected with HIV.

PEPFAR was funded by Congress with bipartisan support solely to fight AIDS in Africa. It included billions to distribute anti-retroviral drugs, but one third of the money went to “HIV prevention programs” aimed at teaching sexual responsibility.

This included sex education classes in schools and public health announcements on billboards and the radio.

According to the PEPFAR website, the organization operates in the following African states: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

According to the most recent HIV overview published by UK Charity Avert, Sub-Saharan Africa has the most serious HIV and AIDS epidemic in the world.

In 2013, an estimated 24.7 million Africans were living with HIV, accounting for 71 percent of the global total. In the same year, there were an estimated 1.5 million new HIV infections and 1.1 million AIDS-related deaths.

Southern Africa is the worst affected region and is widely regarded as the epicenter of the global HIV epidemic. Swaziland has the highest HIV prevalence of any country worldwide (27.4 percent) while South Africa has the largest epidemic of any country—5.9 million people are living with HIV.

In Africa, AIDS is primarily a heterosexual disease, in contrast to the West where it is primarily a homosexual disease. The reason for this is because HIV is, like any sexually transmitted disease (STD), the product of sexual promiscuity, rather than any particular sex act.

In other words, the higher the degree of sexual promiscuity—that is, the higher the number of different sex partners—the greater the chance of catching an STD, including AIDS.

HIV thus disproportionately affects those groups who are most sexually promiscuous—or sexually irresponsible—homosexuals and Africans.

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Old August 14th, 2016 #4
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'In Africa, AIDS is primarily a heterosexual disease, in contrast to the West where it is primarily a homosexual disease. The reason for this is because HIV is, like any sexually transmitted disease (STD), the product of sexual promiscuity, rather than any particular sex act.

In other words, the higher the degree of sexual promiscuity—that is, the higher the number of different sex partners—the greater the chance of catching an STD, including AIDS.

HIV thus disproportionately affects those groups who are most sexually promiscuous—or sexually irresponsible—homosexuals and Africans.'

WELL. NO. SHIT. SHERLOCK. Wasn't this established sometime in the late 80s-early 90s? Damn. Talk about DUH...
 
Old August 27th, 2016 #5
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'In Africa, AIDS is primarily a heterosexual disease, in contrast to the West where it is primarily a homosexual disease. The reason for this is because HIV is, like any sexually transmitted disease (STD), the product of sexual promiscuity, rather than any particular sex act.

HIV thus disproportionately affects those groups who are most sexually promiscuous—or sexually irresponsible—homosexuals and Africans.'
This is false. I have worked and travelled all over Africa. G.R.I.D.S. is not primarily a heterosexual disease in Africa for the simple fact that a nigger is a nigger is a nigger. Niggers be niggin' anyplace where there be niggers. In Africa, just like in Memphis or Detroit or Pelican Bay, niggers a. don't care what they fuck, b. are on the down low, or c. are a combination of both a and b.
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