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EdMurphy
September 26th, 2009, 04:49 PM
Now notice the spin in this article. They try to claim all kinds of reasons (without proof) for this number to fall. Obviously, it is just a number, and there is no real way of knowing why it declined, however that does not stop them from trying.

Zimbabwe has been on an international credit freeze since early 2002, which this article also doesn't mention. (Sanctions were imposed through the Bush Administration's law called the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001, ZDERA, see here.)

This time around, they try to state that the economic collapse following the destruction of the national currency through sanctions "made it more difficult for people to maintain multiple sexual partners" as if they have any proof for it whatsoever. As if they had proof that this was how 'HIV' spread to begin with.

The drop is attributed to government and donor-backed prevention campaigns

Actually, the drop is attributed to a switch in survey types from antenatal clinic surveys of pregant women only to demographic and health surveys based on samples that are statistically representative of the entire population. (See here (http://www.boston.com/news/world/articles/2004/06/20/estimates_on_hiv_called_too_high/) and here (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/05/AR2006040502517.html?sub=new).)

Garbage reporting.

Zim hails success in HIV fight (http://www.newzimbabwe.com/news-1040-Zim+hails+success+in+HIV+fight/news.aspx)
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25/09/2009 00:00:00

THE Ministry of Health on Thursday reported new progress in the fight against Aids, saying Zimbabwe’s HIV infection rate has declined to 13.7 percent of youths and adults, from an estimated 14.1 percent last year.

Health Minister Henry Madzorera said the rate was still too high, calling for concerted efforts to push the rate down into single digits.

"We have to redouble our efforts and commitment and keep the sense of hope that indeed one day we will get to the single digit prevalence," Madzorera said, according to the state-run New Ziana news agency.

The figure estimates the percentage of people aged 15 to 49 who have HIV.
Zimbabwe is one of the few countries in the world to have recorded a sharp decline in its HIV prevalence rate, down from a high of 33 percent in 1999.

The drop is attributed to government and donor-backed prevention campaigns, but also to the nation's economic collapse, which has made it more difficult for people to maintain multiple sexual partners.

The country is struggling to care for people with Aids because of severe shortages of antiretroviral drugs. About 60,000 people receive the drugs, only one-fifth of those who need them.

Madzorera said the government was exploring new strategies to fight the pandemic, including male circumcision, which has been shown to reduce infection rates among men.

Just over 1,000 men have been circumcised under a new campaign, he said. - AFP

StarZ
September 27th, 2009, 12:38 AM
Good news! If you cant pay for drugs or generate enough good will you are cured. Hallelujah

quyenbigbang
October 2nd, 2009, 10:53 AM
Well it is pretty contradictory to what the press said when there is widespread violence in the country. I remember reading in a newspaper last year when they are worried about an AIDS explosion due to "punishment rape" when gangs og Mugabe supporter gang raped any girl supporting the opposition. Besides, with a government like that of Mugabe and the country economic collapse, accurate data is probably nonexistent.

IMMichaelG
October 2nd, 2009, 05:07 PM
With the chaos, economic collapse, and near civil war in Zimbabwe, chances are good that any reduction of diagnosing is simply because far less people were given tests.

EdMurphy
October 7th, 2009, 04:54 PM
Well it is pretty contradictory to what the press said when there is widespread violence in the country. I remember reading in a newspaper last year when they are worried about an AIDS explosion due to "punishment rape" when gangs og Mugabe supporter gang raped any girl supporting the opposition. Besides, with a government like that of Mugabe and the country economic collapse, accurate data is probably nonexistent.

In olden days they used to accuse Africans of being cannibals and boiling missionaries in pots. Basically for the same reason - to cover up their own crimes, like genocide (Congo Free State), and outright theft of land, cattle and precious metals.

Today, especially when there is money at stake, any lie about Africa is good enough to print.

The 'punishment rape' garbage is printed verbatim, without sources. Anything that gets corporate hands on Zimbabwe's platinum and chromium mines is good enough to print, even if it means that journalistic standards were long ago thrown out of the window.

The 'opposition' MDC is funded, directed and supported by the West, including the corporate media. Their word is taken as the only opinion about Zimbabwe.

There is no evidence whatsoever of 'rape gangs' in Zimbabwe, let along rape gangs directed by the president of the country.

And if you don't think there is no Real Politik going on, check out this picture:

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/46366000/jpg/_46366051_007902492-1.jpg

Lockerbie, anyone?