AIDS is less of a health threat than other diseases in Africa

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7005.633c (Published 02 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:633
  1. Stuart W G Derbyshire
  1. Research fellow University of Manchester Rheumatic Diseases Centre, Hope Hospital, Salford M6 8HD

    EDITOR,--In November 1986 the Sunday Express predicted that “the deadly disease AIDS is now so out of control in black Africa that whole nations of people are doomed, leaving vast areas of now populated land devoid of a single person within the next ten years.” Richard Rigby's personal view about the condition of Africa in the wake of AIDS1 is reminiscent of the newspaper's doomladen sentiment and follows another apocalyptic vision of post-AIDS Africa, in which people eke out a “hand to mouth existence …

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