Magazine article The Futurist

AIDS Pandemic Spreads

Magazine article The Futurist

AIDS Pandemic Spreads

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HIV extends its grip

As the HIV/AIDS epidemic enters its second decade, the disease is far from being under control. "The global HIV/AIDS epidemic is volatile, dynamic, and unstable," according to the Global AIDS Policy Coalition's recently released report, AIDS in the World. Editors Jonathan Mann, Daniel Tarantola, and Thomas Netter estimate that, by early 1992, a total of at least 12.9 million people around the world had been infected with HIV, 2.7 million had developed AIDS, and 2.5 million had died.

One problem is complacency about the disease, say the authors. Industrialized countries invest more funds in such efforts than can nations in the developing world. As a result, some leaders feel that the problem has been held in check and is now "a developing country problem." However, this complacency may result in the spread of HIV/AIDS to formerly unaffected areas, according to the report.

Indeed, the report states that formerly "clean" areas such as Poland, Southeast Asia, Greenland, and the Pacific Rim are now being affected, proving that geography is not a defense. In fact, the report predicts that another 6. …

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