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February 24, 2009
AIDS ravages 1,000 people per day in South Africa

While South Africa has made strides toward racial and economic equality in the last 15 years, HIV/AIDS continues to kill an estimated 1,000 people a day in the country.

Worldfocus special correspondent Martin Seemungal, who has covered Africa for almost 20 years, explores the stigma and denial of AIDS in the province of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa.

Also, watch the web original video: Fighting the stigma and treating HIV across South Africa

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The idea that HIV causes AIDS has become an article of faith, but there are many problems and questions, starting with why an infectious disease should so disproportionately affect black people (see Prof. Henry Bauer’s thoughts, Most of the 22 million Africans said to have HIV are never tested, relying instead on common disease symptoms. Researchers trying to confirm supposed sexual transmission in Africa found sex could not explain illnesses (see Gisselquist D, Rothenberg R, Potterat J, Drucker E. HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa not explained by sex or vertical transmission. Int J STD AIDS 2002;13:657–66).

All Thabo Mbeki wanted, faced with claims that 20% of his population had an incurable disease, which would, via recommended lifetime “safe sex”, render them childless, was for the many questions about AIDS science, HIV tests and drugs to be answered. Instead, HIV advocates stonewalled at the conference he called, as they do to this day.

Let’s have an open, no holds barred debate, with scientists such as those listed at, and see what results.


A straightforward, dramatic and accurate presentation of the problem, but omitting the non-medical work being done to prevent HIV, such as children’s camps that we have started, including one at God’s Golden Acre in the Valley of 1000 Hills. These camps have brought fun and HIV/AIDS education to children and youth (who then bring the message home). They have broken the code of silence surrounding the disease.

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