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Is Africa beating HIV/Aids?

Africa HYS team | 12:39 UK time, Tuesday, 23 November 2010

UNAids says the world is beginning to reverse the spread of HIV, but will the Pope's comments on condom use help or hinder progress in Africa?

The 2010 UNAids report says that in sub-Saharan Africa the rate of new infections is decreasing in 22 countries, and has stabilised in 12 others.

Meanwhile, aids campaigners have welcomed Pope Benedict's recent statement which seems to suggest a relaxation on the use of condoms in certain circumstances. 

But do you think the Pope's remarks will help in the fight against HIV?

Is Africa finally beating HIV/Aids? Do you see any evidence of that around you?  Can the progress be sustained?

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  • Comment number 1.

    Since 70% of sub-Saharan Africa is Christian, I think such comments by pope benedik 16th are very vital, the church has been the hardest place for not mentioning such comments and now that any bishop or a preacher can say that without abomination to his congregation is something worth a teaching.

    In my would be country Southern Sudan, the HIV infection is rising simply because there are no good activist to educate people about the dangers of HIV/AIDS not forgetting the number of foreign business people flocking into southern sudan for lucrative business, In Western Equatoria Yambio alone, the percentage is increasing annually and I presume it is because of luck of information

    Clement Lochio Lomornana Juba Southern Sudan

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  • Comment number 2.

    African nations and communities are taking a leading role in the fight against HIV/Aids. Men Circumcision, condom use and HIV/Aids awareness is on the raise but most African countries have more people dying of HIV/Aids each and every day than those dying in the war in both Iraq and Afghanistan per day.
    Pope Benedict comment did not go far enough, I read in regards to the Haitia Cholera Epidemic that World Health Organisation is investigating the source of the Epidemic, on Swine flu scientists were able to investigate the source but with HIV/Aids we concentrate our energy more on prevention that Origin.

  • Comment number 3.

    I can say yes without fear that Africa is beating Hiv/Aids.

    If you look around Africa today you will find out that on a daily basis Governments in collaborations with communities dwellers are creating Hiv/Aids awareness across the continent.

    For this reason the use of Condom is becoming common among Young Africans which means the possibility of people contracting Hiv/Aids is lowering day by day.

    I tell you together we will one day defeat Hiv/Aids in Africa.

  • Comment number 4.

    condoms wont reduce spread of HIV in Africa. what people need is moral uprightness. we import every aspect of entertainment from the west through media and sexuality being the core, not bearing in mind the distribution of Aids in these two continent. this is what we need to fight first.

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  • Comment number 6.

    Tests for HIV should be done routinely world wide and +ve cases should be treated free by the state. Isolation for aperiod of 1year will enable
    proper health education and reorintation of newly diagnosed cases.
    A policy if strictly implimented can see the erradication of HIV in 1 or 2 decades.

  • Comment number 7.

    Whatever position the Pope takes on the matter should neither help nor hinder the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa, except if the supposition is that there is something unique about Africa, which I don't accept. The main problem, it seems to me, is that because of the general failure of leadership across the continent (which itself reinforces illiteracy and its known consequences), our people still prefer superstitious myths and conspiracy theories to scientific realities. In regard to HIV/AIDS, for example, people would much rather believe they're victims of witchcraft than accept that their promiscuous lifestyle might result in an infection. Indeed, I have heard it said on many occasions that condom use is a Western ploy to keep our population down - the supposition being that a large population is necessary for economic development. What is needed, therefore, is political leadership, not the Pope's intervention. The Ugandan leadership (its other faults notwithstanding) has proved that very little is needed to cut the rates of infection dramatically.

  • Comment number 8.

    Not only Africa if failing but the entire world because I have not heard or seen any human being born of a woman cured from AIDs.

  • Comment number 9.

    @ Akpan: Why would the pope (leader of a faith millions of africans follow) not affect African lifestyles anymore than myths like witchcraft and tradition? I agree govts have not done enough but i would imagine the issue is much more complex than assuming if all Africans were oriented to the scientific method HIV aids would dissapear. I have heard many Ugandan men insist on not using condoms and some of them were highly educated.

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