Washington Post Examines Reaction to Study Tracking HIV's Arrival in U.S. From Haiti
November 5, 2007
The Washington Post on Monday examined reaction to a recent study that found that HIV likely arrived in the U.S. from Haiti about a decade earlier than previously believed (Stein, Washington Post, 11/5). The study, published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the most widespread HIV subtype outside Africa likely emerged in Haiti in the 1960s and arrived in the U.S. a few years later.
The findings also have "raised concern" in the U.S. Haitian community that the results could fuel discrimination against Haitians, the Post reports. Worobey warned against blaming specific populations, adding, "The idea of blaming groups afflicted by AIDS should be something for the past." Worobey also said that it was not surprising that HIV arrived in the U.S. much earlier than previously thought, noting that it takes about a decade after infection for most people to show symptoms, which would have allowed the virus to spread before health officials detected it (Washington Post, 11/5).
Washington Post staff writer Rob Stein is scheduled to discuss the article Monday at 11 a.m. ET in a washingtonpost.com online chat (washingtonpost.com, 11/5). Questions can be submitted online before or during the chat. A transcript will be available online after the chat.
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