Monday, May 12, 2014

HIV in African women

NYTimes discovers schistosomiasis.

theory, pointing out, for example, that urban women raised far from infested water also die of AIDS. But proponents of the theory say that two decades ago, many experts were just as skeptical of the idea that circumcision protected men against H.I.V. It was not until 2006 that three clinical trialsproved it correct.
Schistosomiasis “is arguably the most important cofactor in Africa’s AIDS epidemic,” said Dr. Peter J. Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. “And it’s a huge women’s health issue: Everyone has heard of genital mutilation and obstetric fistulas. But mention this, and the headlights just go dim.”

Heh. About time. No one has wondered before?

But then why is the rate lower where men are circumcized?

And what about the Depo Provera link?

And the only one who noticed the use of drying herbs was an article in the Village voice 20 years ago.

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