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NEWS: Asian Tactics In War On Drugs Accelerating Spread of HIV/AIDS.

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posted on Sep, 19 2005 @ 03:35 AM
Australia has spoken out and told Asian leaders that the tough tactics implemented on the Asian War On Drugs has accelerated the spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS in the region. AUSAIDS regional HIV/AIDS manager Peter Mahomet has said that they are trying to encourage police to allow access to services such as needle exchange programs and to take a supportive stance to injecting drug users which will help the reduction in the spread of disease. In some countries including South China, Thailand, Vietnam and Burma up to 60 percent of injecting drug users have the HIV virus.
The warning came during a two-day seminar of senior police officers from 12 Asian nations at the Thai seaside resort of Hua Hin.

Asian countries should pursue alternative harm-reduction programs, such as needle and syringe exchanges, as well as voluntary rehabilitation, Australian officials said today.

Many officers at the conference came from nations that punish drug offenders and traffickers with long prison terms or the death penalty.

But Peter Mahomet, AusAid's Asia regional HIV/AIDS program manager, said Asian police forces could learn from Australia's strategy of reducing the spread of AIDS among injecting drug users.

Mr Mahomet, who is based in Hanoi, Vietnam, said Asia's "get tough" drug reduction methods were failing.

Up to 80 per cent of those placed in involuntary rehabilitation centres returned to drugs after trying to give up through cold-turkey methods, he said.

"They spend a lot of money at involuntary rehabilitation centres and as soon as they get out they start using again," he said.

"If we carry on with the current drug-supply reduction strategy and drug-demand reduction strategies, HIV will continue to flourish," he said.

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The tough zero tolerance stance has been shown in other nations not to work. People will continue to use illicit drugs and the only way to stop the spread of disease is by education and to allow drug users access to clean uncontaminated equipment.

posted on Sep, 19 2005 @ 03:47 AM
Good Find Mayet

The spread of Aids in SE Asia and India / China is a troubling as it is in Africa and does not nearly get as much attention as it should.

posted on Sep, 19 2005 @ 01:04 PM
I just want to make light, in case you don't know about the HIV/AIDS epidemic. There's a lot about it on the net where it talks about how HIV/AIDS is a complete scam and it is purposely being spread for population control. When I think about it that way, it makes complete sense. No wonder Africa has the worst cases of it. The people who run this world are into Eugenics and want to further their agenda by controlling the population. So basically you can expect NOTHING to EVER be done about AIDS in Africa. Vaccines have been shown to even help the HIV virus grow stronger into full blown AIDS.

posted on Sep, 19 2005 @ 01:12 PM
If a child is born with HIV/AIDS that is a sad and horrible thing.

If someone gets HIV/AIDS through a medical treatment or through trying to help someone else that to is a sad and horrible thing.

Now if someone gets the disease through injected drug use or from unprotected and unweded sex let em die. They brough it on themselves why in the hell should anyone help them?

How many of you truly feel sorry when someone suicides? Not many.. so stop treating this like something that couldn't be helped. HIV/AIDS would all but VANISH with a little common sense and decency. For those who don't have that go ahead and die please. This world is overpopulated as is.

posted on Sep, 19 2005 @ 04:19 PM
*sigh I realy don't know what to say to that...

so what you are saying is that people who have unprotected sex should die...

hmm that does not bode well for poor Africans who have never seen a condom...

and because someone uses drugs they should die?

attitudes like that..................................

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