Elizabeth Corbett comments: "The HIV-1 epidemic in Africa has reached such an extreme magnitude that further major consequences are inevitable, and will include increasing difficulty in controlling other infectious diseases. One of the cruel ironies is that the severity of the African HIV-1 epidemic is in itself a direct reflection of the impoverished and imperfect nature of health care that preceded the epidemic, notably poor control of STDs. Improvements were made in infectious disease control in Africa during the last half of the 20th century, but to a limited extent that left endemic disease and transmission rates well above those of more-developed countries. HIV-1 has now so compounded this situation that it would take a massive scale of interventions to return regional health to pre-epidemic standards. Without intervention, however, public health will become more difficult and expensive to maintain since the incidence, transmission, and drug resistance of other endemic diseases are affected by HIV-1."
Contact: Dr Elizabeth L Corbett, C/o Biomedical Research & Training Institute, PO Box CY 1753, Causeway, Harare, Zimbabwe; T) +256 391 397179; F) +256 343 03294; E) firstname.lastname@example.org