The number of AIDS cases are estimates, not real figures. It is not possible to get an accurate count because there are problems simply to get the population correct due to war, flooding and drought. Many people are being forced to temporarily relocate or permanently seek refuge somewhere new.
It"s important to know that AIDS in many countries is still defined by four clinical symptoms only. These are: diarrhea, fever, persistent cough, and a weight loss greater than 10% over two months. If a person in a very isolated rural setting dies and has one or more of these symptoms, they may be labeled by a health-worker as having died of AIDS, when the actual cause of death is often not investigated or known.
Far more people are ill (and often die) from tuberculosis and malaria than AIDS, but it is hard to get relief for these diseases. Many people are faced with a crisis of finding nutritious fresh food and clean drinking water, but there seems to be plenty of US dollars to send questionable AIDS drugs to poor countries as a "good will" gesture.
Sending AIDS drugs to poor countries would be indicated except that many of the AIDS drugs seem to be killing more people than they are saving, with side effects like heart attacks, strokes, fatal rashes and liver disease.
Is HIV the Cause of AIDS?
There is no proof that HIV causes AIDS. In fact, all the epidemiological and microbiological evidence taken together conclusively demonstrates that HIV cannot cause AIDS or any other illness. The concept that AIDS is caused by a virus is not a fact, but a belief that was introduced at a 1984 press conference by Dr. Robert Gallo, a researcher employed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). (14)
HIV is a retrovirus, a type of virus studied meticulously during two decades of federal health programs that centered around the search for a cancer virus. The idea of contagious cancer was a popular notion in the 1960s and 70s. Since retroviruses have no cell-killing mechanisms, and cancer is a condition marked by rapid cell growth, this type of virus was considered a viable candidate for the cause of cancer. However, healthy people live in harmony with an uncountable number of harmless retroviruses; some are infectious while others are endogenous, produced by our own DNA. (15) Few, if any, retroviruses have been shown to cause disease in humans.