Aids dating hiv

In the 1980s Australian demographer John Caldwell insisted that the virus was spreading rapidly in Africa simply because people there tended to have more sexual partners than people elsewhere.He pointed to the cultural desire for many children, the tradition of polygamy, and other aspects of African society that contributed to a greater tolerance of promiscuous behavior than in the West.

For example, a study of sexual behavior in Zimbabwe, where roughly 33 percent of adults are HIV-positive, found that in a single year, most people have between one and three sexual partners.The growing disaster has forced AIDS experts to reconsider old theories about how HIV spreads in Africa.Outside of sub-Saharan Africa, many HIV-positive people are injecting drug users, prostitutes, and highly promiscuous homosexual men who may have hundreds of different sexual partners every year.In the United States, less than 1 percent of the population is infected; in Russia and India the figure hovers around 1 percent.Even in Thailand, with its thriving sex and drug trades, the proportion of infected barely exceeds 2 percent.

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