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Health Professions Speak Out Against
the Confusing Messages Regarding HIV/AIDS
"AIDS is a sexually transmitted disease, caused by the HIV virus. Period!" were the words of the Secretary General of the World Medical Association, Dr Delon Human. He said that it was unfortunate that political issues had clouded the Durban conference rather than to use this valuable opportunity to recognise AIDS as a global epidemic, where only unified action could offer the world solutions. "As physicians we should not confuse our patients regarding the real causes of AIDS, and how the HIV virus is transmitted. Currently, with no known cure to the disease, we should at least help manage those causes of AIDS where we can make a difference. We should start by advocating responsible and safe sexual practices".
Judith Oulton, Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Nurses, called for intensified research to help find a cure for the AIDS epidemic. "Health professionals from all the different professions should make a concerted effort to develop a vaccine to stop this horrific disease".
The General Secretary of the International Pharmaceutical Federation, Ton Hoek, was gratified by the increased collaboration between the different health professions, and emphasised the importance of education and health promotion in the fight against AIDS. "Together the health professionals of the world have the unique privilege to educate and promote healthy lifestyles in their role as health care partners to our patients".
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