Archive for November, 2008

HIV Test Before Nigerian Marriage

The increasing cases of HIV infection in Africa has prompted some Christians in Nigeria to require HIV test results before getting married.  The practice aims to prevent the spread of HIV, rather than punish those living with the virus.  This rule is being spearheaded by the country’s Baptist church, with Daniel Gbadero of the Baptist Awareness against AID Programmed as its chief proponent. Couples wanting to get married would take an HIV test about nine months to a year before their wedding.  I…

233000 Americans Don’t Know They Have HIV

A 2006 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 1.1 million people in the United States are infected with HIV, 233,000-or one in five of people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS-are completely unaware that they are infected with the virus.  It also shows that the population living with HIV is growing as more people become newly infected and as more patients survive through antiretroviral drugs.These estimates also stated that…

More Countries Make Spreading HIV a Crime

The Associated Press reported that an increasing number of countries worldwide are making spreading HIV a crime. In a report released by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, 58 countries have laws that criminalize people with HIV who deliberately or unwillingly transmitted the virus to other people, while another 33 countries are considering similar laws to pass.Since 2005, seven countries in West Africa have passed such laws criminalizing HIV transmission. In Benin, the simple act o…

Gambian President Says Able to Cure Aids

The Gambian President Yahya Jammeh can be considered an eccentric person.  He claims that he could cure asthma, but only on certain days of the week.  He also claimed in January 2007 that he created an herbal treatment said to be a cure for HIV and AIDS.  However, instead of having HIV-positive people draw towards the herbal cure, it has increased the use of antiretroviral drugs and even reduced the stigma associated with the disease.News reports indicated that not only the individuals who switc…