. after hearing that brazil had low HIV
and knowing they are highly hiafric*,
I got interested in comparing them to
usa's HIV program which is not doing well;
but they are not comparing the same things:
they have free anti-virals,
and if that prevents a case of AIDS,
then they are not counted in the AIDS roles;
they don't keep track of HIV status
-- but usa does count that (it's very high here,
because while the hiafrics* are
no more promiscuous than others,
the hieuropeans* are serial polygamists,
whereas the hiafrics are concurrent polygamists .
means "(of X ancestry, from hispanic
from hierarchy, tree, family tree) --9.27 .
. brazil's adult AIDS* was kept under 1%*: (this article says HIV was kept at 1%,
(compare to africa's 18%),
by funding free condoms and drug treatments;
but it was done with international money;
the usa later pulled out when
brazil wouldn't denounce prostitution;
and, later other money was diverted to
Africa's much worse condition .
but the msmgf.org source indicates
only AIDS not HIV is measured in brazil ).
web: compared to blacks in usa:
. an estimated 1 in 16 black men. this can't be compared to brazil's 1% rate
[6% of black males in usa]
and 1 in 32 black women
[3% of black females in usa]
will be diagnosed with HIV infection.
because it applies to AIDS not HIV
as HIV is not a reportable event in brazil .
. the HIV rates can be much higher, because
Infection precedes by 8-10 years
the appearance of symptomatic disease .
. it used to be mostly a disease of
the educated bi- or homo-sexual;
but now it is mainly among uneducated hetero's .
. the rate of 1% of brazillians
likely applies fairly to hiafrics too
because brazil is 45% hiafric -- nearly half .
[. npr's portrayal is contradicted by this part]:
"( Commercial sex work is not legal in Brazil.
A nationwide evaluation of
HIV prevention programs
for female commercial sex workers (CSW)
found high levels of HIV awareness,
but significant barriers to
implementing safe-sex practices,
including fear of violence,
increased payments for unsafe sex,
and competition for clients.
. In addition, non street-based CSW
reported more safe-sex practices
than did street-based CSW.
Informants also felt that
stigmatization of their profession
contributed to violence
from both clients and the police .)
[. this report also points out that
Brazil has a lot of catholics,
though some strains of it
are mixed with african traditions .]