- (Reuters) - Saturday was World AIDS day - a disease that
terrified many in the 80s and early 90s - but since then it has been
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
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
- "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
- 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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