CDC Says World Is
'Still In The Early Days'
Of The AIDS Epidemic

(Reuters) - Saturday was World AIDS day - a disease that terrified many in the 80s and early 90s - but since then it has been assigned a lower profile.
Despite the fact that the number of those infected with HIV/AIDS has continued to increase on a massive scale worldwide. The UN convservatively states that in the first 20 years of the epidemic, 60 million have already died or are currently dying.
"People have all sorts of different rationalisations of why they're not the kind of person that gets HIV, and none of them holds water and it's that kind of attitude that puts people at risk," says Kevin Hague from the New Zealand AIDS foundation.
A recent survey showed that 48% of kiwis had changed their sexual habits because of AIDS, but that still leaves over half the country who have completely ignored the risks.
And worldwide trends indicate AIDS is no where near it's peak.
"The centre for disease control in Atlanta which has monitored the disease since the first reported case 20 years ago, made the chilling comment that we are still in the early days of the disease," says Hague.
The highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS is spreading south - in parts of africa one-in-three people are infected - now India has the second largest figures worldwide and on our doorstep Papua New Guinea is resembling Africa too.
"It is a threat to the pacific, it hasn't hit the pacific and we do have time to get that message in there," says Health Minister Annette King.
A message most of 2000 kiwis who have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS found out the hard way.

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