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Books, Journals, New Media
August 17, 2005

African AIDS

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;294(7):850-851. doi:10.1001/jama.294.7.850

Using African AIDS as a search term reveals numerous Internet sites questioning the legitimacy of AIDS and HIV infection estimates. International organizations have allegedly inflated African rates by relying on faulty statistical modeling and HIV tests that yield a higher number of false-positive results. Those of us working on AIDS research and education efforts cannot understand why Africa is seemingly in denial and, consequently, reluctant to embrace Western HIV prevention measures. As They See It is an attempt to bridge this gap by educating Westerners about a developing African AIDS discourse that not only differs significantly from Western thinking but also is a necessary foundation for any policy or program implemented to combat African AIDS.

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