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Spread of AIDS in Africa driven by poor medical practice, report says

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 01 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:466
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The spread of AIDS in Africa is driven not by unsafe sex but by unsafe medical practice, according to research published last week.

    The research, which analysed data on new infections collected up to 1988, concludes that no basis exists for the widespread belief that sexual transmission is responsible for over 90% of new cases. Instead, the authors say, use of dirty needles by public health services was the main cause of transmission in the study period, with sexual transmission accounting for just 30% of infections.

    In three articles, lead authors David Gisselquist, a private consultant anthropologist from …

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