Author(s): Ochieng P
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Abstract PIP: The author finds the British government's threat to screen visitors from Central Africa for HIV infection to be racist and counterproductive to the international effort against the spread of AIDS. While Britain's actions suggest that Central African nations are the origin of AIDS, and that they hold the greatest number of people with AIDS, the earliest cases were detected in the U.S. and later in Europe. Africa is merely being used as a convenient scapegoat to explain the origin of AIDS and the present global epidemic. Moreover, present British actions merely constitute a thinly veiled attempt to bar Zambian, Tanzanian, and Ugandan nationals from Britain. Were AIDS truly to originate from Africa in its present epidemic proportions, it would have been endemic on the continent for hundreds of years. National and European doctors and other health practitioners would surely have at least remarked on a syndrome of such devastating effects. The author writes that Africans place little credence in this propaganda of Western nations, and should be expected to retaliate in kind. If Britain implements its threatened selective entry policy, he suggests that African and other 3rd World nations also reconsider their entry requirements for Americans and Europeans. Moreover, Britain should screen its own citizens before allowing them to depart for other nations if they are truly concerned about the spread of HIV, and take special heed against visitors from America, continental Europe, Canada, and Australia. In general, international collaboration, the exchange of ideas, and the pooling of resources are needed to combat AIDS, not selective, racist measures.
This article was published in New Afr
and referenced in Journal of Civil & Legal Sciences