information on HIV and AIDS sparked off a huge debate and the President of South
Africa Mr. Thabo Mbeki is asking scientist to answer coherently whether
the science on aids is conclusive. He wants to know this so that he can
make informed decisions about our health budget either to spend more on
drugs, to treat the HI virus, behavioral education programs and a search
for a vaccine or to spend our scarce resources on social and economic
development and ultimately give the people of South Africa and the
region a better chance of surviving into old age.
for the AIDS epidemic in Africa lie in the millions of people whose
immune systems are compromised and who become ill with a group of
diseases that have been bracketed as "opportunistic infections".
on the World Health Organization's list of AIDS-indicators have been
around for generations, TB, Kaposi's, sarcoma, Thrush, Herpes,
persistent skin rashes, certain pneumonia, diarrhea, weight loss and
Cryptococcal meningitis. Some like TB were killing millions long before
the advent of AIDS.