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Great economic progress has generally been predicted for India, provided that the country can bring the current AIDS blight under control. Even now India has the 10th largest economy in the world and is predicted to gain ground. Yet according to Time magazine, "The government says India has 5.13 million HIV/AIDS sufferers, while the UN's estimate is up to 8.5 million. In any event 500,000 new cases are reported each year."

Apparently part of the problem is that the government is in at least partial denial, preventing effective countermeasures from being implemented. Former American President Bill Clinton indicated that "a rampant epidemic will sap an economic revival that has lifted living standards to unprecedented levels." (Sources: Financial Times Magazine, Time.)