posted on Nov, 26 2013 @ 12:49 PM
The title of this Daily Mail Online article from today reads:
Desperate Greek citizens 'are intentionally infecting themselves with HIV' to qualify for state benefit which is set aside for addicts
The first few paragraphs are ALARMING
link to Daily Mail Online source
Desperate Greek citizens are intentionally infecting themselves with the HIV, in a bid to qualify for benefits which are given to sufferers of the
killer virus, a report has claimed.
A World Health Organization report has revealed what it calls a 'significant rise' in the number of sufferers between 2007 and 2009, when the European
financial crisis brought the country's economy to its knees.
The number of reported new infections then continued to soar, from 22 in 2010 to 245 in 2011, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention
Shockingly, the research said around half of new cases could be self-inflicted by drug addicts who want to cash in on welfare handouts.
In Greece, HIV carriers are entitled to a state benefit of €700 (£590) per month as well as access to drug substitution programmes which can help
battle the illness.
They cite as their source, A World Health Organization report which can be found
On page 112, the following text appears:
HIV rates and heroin use have risen significantly, with about half of new HIV infections being self-inflected to enable people to receive benefits
of €700 per month and faster admission on to drug-substitution programmes.
However, the WHO has since published a correction to their report:
In September 2013, WHO/Europe published “Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region”. The report
incorrectly states that, in Greece: “HIV rates and heroin use have risen significantly, with about half of new HIV infections being self-inflicted
to enable people to receive benefits of €700 per month and faster admission on to drug substitution programmes”.
In fact, what is accurate to say is that slightly more than half of the Greece’s new HIV cases are among those who inject drugs. WHO recognizes that
there is no evidence suggesting that deliberate self-infection with HIV goes beyond a few anecdotal cases. The statement is the consequence of an
error in the editing of the report, for which WHO apologizes.
The correction can be found
Surely a large amount of the blame rests with the shoddy editorial job performed on the WHO report that let that tidbit slip through unchecked, but
reporting on something as inflammatory as this without doing some substantial fact checking is just lazy.
Wonder how long it will take the Daily Mail to update their story or if they will at all?
edit on 26-11-2013 by theantediluvian because: (no