HIV / AIDS Archive

AIDS IN AFRICA – Another study claims that "dominant organizations such as UNAIDS have grossly inflated the role of sexual activity in the spread of AIDS in Africa, consistently claiming that 90% of new cases are caused by sexual transmission. The new studies put the figure at 30%, and find that reusing unsterilized needles in vaccination and other medical programs is the main culprit in the spread of AIDS. Nearly 30 million Africans are infected with HIV, accounting for 70% of HIV/AIDS worldwide. [International Journal of STD and AIDS, 3/03; NCR, 4/20/03; HLA Action News, Spring 03] HOUSE PASSES GLOBAL AIDS BILL – $15 billion HIV/AIDS relief package 1May. An amendment by Rep. Pitts (R-PA) will give abstinence priority above condom distribution and Rep. Chris Smith's (R-NJ) amendment will protect faith-based organizations from participating in the condom aspects of the law. [http://www.family.org/cforum/fnif/news/a0025483.html; Abstinence Clearinghouse, 9Apr03]   USAID GIVES $50 MILLION TO PRO-PROSTITUTION, PRO-ABORTION GROUPS – Members of Congress have charged that, as part of a new HIV/AIDS program, the US Agency for Int’l Dev’t (USAID) has awarded a $50 million grant to groups that call for the promotion of abortion, the legalization of needle-exchange programs and the legalization of prostitution. The grant is part of USAID's new CORE program, which is supposed to bring faith-based organizations into the fight against AIDS. The five grantees are CARE, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs (CCP), the Int’l HIV/AIDS Alliance, the Int’l Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and the World Council of Churches (WCC). The Int’l HIV/AIDS Alliance calls for the repeal of laws prohibiting...