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Title: Viral Roulette: Malaria, Blood, and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa
Author(s): Minkin, Stephen
Keywords: Population policy
AIDS (Disease)
HIV (Viruses)
Public health--Africa
Date: 2000
Series/Report no.: DifferenTakes
Issue Paper 7
Abstract: In a speech in Abuja, Nigeria on August 27th, President Clinton came very close to identifying a taboo subject - the medical transmission of HIV. Mr. Clinton noted that both AIDS and malaria are increasing in Nigeria, but his staff failed to advise him on how the two killers are connected: Malaria causes life-threatening anemia often requiring transfusions. Contaminated blood transfusions are the most efficient means of HIV transmission. The President talked about the need for open and frank discussions about AIDS. Openness about AIDS in Africa as elsewhere should not only be limited to discussions about sex. The AIDS epidemic will continue out of control until we pull our heads out of the sand and recognize that people are exposed to the risk of HIV infection in overburdened clinics and hospitals without sufficient resources to ensure sterile procedures and safe blood.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10009/860
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