Tuesday, November 20, 2007

AIDS! Not so bad?

Came across this randomly today while at my baby sitting gig (not really, don't worry), but apparently the speed at which the "AIDS epidemic" is spreading is not nearly as bad as has been published.

Not only have scientist members of the UN been overstating the spread, they in fact now admit that the spread has been slowing!

The latest estimates, due to be released publicly Tuesday, put the number
of annual new HIV infections at 2.5 million, a cut of more than 40 percent from
last year's estimate, documents show. The worldwide total of people infected
with HIV -- estimated a year ago at nearly 40 million and rising -- now will be
reported as 33 million.

Now obviously this is excellent news to hear, and of course still troubling to hear that there are still "new" infections happening every year at a rate of 2.5 million (which still seems like an enormous number to me), it does make you take a moment to think of the wide array of "accepted" science we continue to get from this same institution.

Not to throw a wrench into the works here, but the UN is also mostly responsible for the latest and greatest research and reports on Global Warming, how it is advancing and what the causes of it are (chiefly whether man is mostly to blame). This doesn't necessarily call all research associated with the UN in to question (ala Korean geneticists), but is very surprising to hear such a respected and trusted source get something so wrong....

Also, greatest line from the article above:

Having millions fewer people with a lethal contagious disease is good

Gee... Ya think?

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