n Cardiovascular Journal of South Africa - The human immunodeficiency virus and cardiac disease : editorial




Extracted from text ... 221 The human immunodeficiency virus pandemic has now reached proportions unimaginable 22 years ago when the first AIDS cases were reported in Los Angeles.1 At the end of 2002, UNAIDS reported 42 million adults and children to be living with HIV / AIDS worldwide. Disturbingly, the greatest burden of the disease is on sub-Saharan Africa where 70% (29.4 million) of the affected people live.2 The consequences of this pandemic are devastating and face the ordinary South African daily: chronic illness and disability with loss of income for those lucky enough to have a job, abject poverty, and death, leaving ..


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