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Black Death: AIDS in Africa by Susan Hunter

To the surprise of many, George W. Bush pledged $10 billion to combat AIDS in developing nations. Noted specialist Susan Hunter tells the untold story of AIDS in Africa, home to 80 percent of the 40 million people in the world currently infected with HIV. She weaves together the history of colonialism in Africa, an insiders take on the reluctance of drug companies to provide cheap medication and vaccines in poor countries, and personal anecdotes from the 20 years she spent in Africa working on the AIDS crisis. Taken together, these strands make it unmistakably clear that a history of the exploitation of developing nations by the West is directly responsible for the spread of disease in developing nations and the AIDS pandemic in Africa. Hunter looks at what Africans are already doing on the ground level to combat AIDS, and what the world can and must do to help. Accessibly written and hard-hitting, Black Death brings the staggering statistics to life and paints for the first time a stunning picture of the most important political issue today.
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The Great Plague (Black Death Documentary) - Timeline

LONDON Several teams of scientists around the world have, for some time, been studying the possibility that a genetic mutation perpetuated by the organism responsible for bubonic plague, or the Black Death, in the Middle Ages - Yersinia pestis - might give people now carrying the mutation increased resistance to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus HIV compared to non-carriers. New research has thrown doubt on the micro-organism that was thought to have caused the Black Death, but the link to HIV resistance seems to remain. In their book, 'Biology of Plagues' Cambridge University Press , they proposed that the culprit was most likely a filovirus, similar to the Ebola virus.
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Could the Black Death protect against HIV?

Front Page. You are in:. Thursday 25 October, Listen to Science In Action. Both HIV and yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes Black Death, interestingly attack exactly the same tissues. More Highlights Beetle back juice The Bengal Tiger: spirit of the forest The dinosaur eating super-croc Marrakech climate talks Black Death Aids Left-handed memories Grading anthrax Nobel medicine man Global biological fears Bombing: the long-term fears Mapping the plague India obesity fears Racing to save the environment Family planning in Bangladesh Water tracking bacteria Chemical weapons of war ID cards: Facing the future The threat of asbestos In search of the missing in America New York health fears New York attempts to identify its missing High-tech hunt for low-tech man Black box: finding the perpetrators Super-skyscraper safety Coping with post-traumatic stress disorder Mobile safety fears Aids vaccine hope Gene Pioneers Ancestral lines Mobile phone movement Self repairing teeth Himalayan earthquake forecast Go Digital Starfish eyes Canadian bear necessities Healing hearts World water symposium Rain remover Dam Busters Population Predictions.

Cohn, L. Black Death and AIDS are global pandemics that have captured the popular imagination, both attracting extravagant hypotheses to account for their origins and geographical distributions. Medical scientists have recently attempted to connect these two great pandemics. Some argue that the Black Death of 52 was responsible for a genetic shift that conferred a degree of resistance to HIV 1 infection, that this shift was almost unique to European descendents, and that it mirrors the intensity of Black Death mortality within Europe. Such a hypothesis is not supported by the historical evidence: the Black Death did not strike Europe alone but spread from the east, devastating regions such as China, North Africa, and the Middle East as much or even more than Europe. Further, in Europe its levels of mortality do not correspond with the geographic distribution of the proportion of descendents with this CCR5 gene.

Susan S. AIDS already has led to a decline in life expectancy in several southern African countries. It threatens to stifle economic growth, create millions of orphans, and reshape African communities, because the disease disproportionately kills the young, productive members of society. The book investigates how the slave trade, colonialism, labor exploitation, and the Cold War have profoundly shaped the health of Africans. The historical overview is rich in detail, particularly about the negative effect of Africans' forced conscription into colonial armies on the health and well-being of all Africans. In chapters 4, 5, and 6, Black Death examines the social history of other epidemics, such as leprosy, plague, and syphilis.

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