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Date: 2005-11-30 13:42
Subject: How can this be?
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The news article "AIDS tax" mooted for S.Africa as epidemic bites reports that roughly 11 percent of South Africa's 45 million people are infected with the AIDS virus. I'd heard that AIDS is a huge problem in Africa, so that statistic didn't surprise me. What did was "Sixty-six percent of those surveyed felt they were not at risk of infection -- including 51 percent of those who later turned out to be HIV-positive."

What's the explanation for that 51% being so wrong? Do they have accurate information about HIV transmission? Are they mistaken in the belief their sexual partner is monogamous and/or HIV-negative? Are they simply in denial? I'm baffled.
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User: backrubbear
Date: 2005-11-30 20:58 (UTC)
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Ignorance about HIV as a disease is rampant throughout Africa. The country of South Africa actually denies that HIV exists.

I find the situation... boggling.

A significant portion of the population of the entire continent of Africa is slated to die from AIDS all due to ignorance.
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User: kevinnickerson
Date: 2005-11-30 23:31 (UTC)
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Never underestimate the power of denial.
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