|HIV versus opportunistic viruses and Pres. Mbheki's view
Aug 16, 2000
Dear Dr Feinberg,
Thanks for this wonderful work of creating more awareness and letting people talk about problems they are confronted with, with respect to this deadly disease. Being a South African, I am concerned about the level of illiteracy pertaining to the subject. The implications of the
disease in the sub-saharan Africa are daunting.
I need your view with regard to the 13th international conference that was held in Durban, South Africa, particularly with reference to President Mbheki's opening speach. To what extend can opportunistic viruses affect people suffering from malnutrition, i.e. Issues relating to
HIV-AIDS-Poverty, do you find a link in your experience? (CAN poverty exacerbate the sickness?).
Many thanks and regards
Response from Dr. Feinberg
Actually, I attended the AIDS Conference in South Africa, and found both the conference and your countrymen to be impressive. Poverty can certainly exacerbate illness -- before there were drugs for TB in the mid-20th century, people were already getting better and TB rates were dropping just because of less crowded housing and better nutrition. In most places in the world, HIV/AIDS rates are highest among the least educated and poorest segments of the population. That said, of course HIV causes AIDS, something that former President Mandela acknowledged in his speech at the closing ceremony, and can do so even when nutrition is good.
PML - What's the next step?
quinidine and HIV
- What Are Some Opportunistic Diseases Of HIV?
- Are There People Out There Who Have The Hiv Virus But Never Get Sick?
- Can You Contract AIDS From Touching Sweat?
- Can You Get AIDS From Rubbing Stripper?
- Chances Of Catching HIV From Broken Condom
- Chances Of Catching HIV From Insertive Anal Sex
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.