In Brief... World News Review: Russian AIDS Much More Serious Than Previously Thought

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Russian AIDS Much More Serious Than Previously Thought

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In a related story, U.S. and Russian experts announced in January that AIDS infections in Russia are at 1 million, which is three times the number officially reported. In addition, 8 in 10 of those infected are under 30 years of age. Murray Feshbach of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, which conducted the research, offered a grave assessment of the impact of AIDS on Russia, should the country fail to act immediately:

"The consequences will be devastating to the society, family formation, to the military, labor productivity" within two to three years (Maria Danilova, "Study: AIDS Problem Growing in Russia," Associated Press, Jan. 12, 2005).

The seriousness of the situation isn't getting through to the government, however, for the study estimates that HIV/AIDS programs are underfunded by nearly 4,000 percent!

Part of the recommended programs for the United States, Russia and the developing world is to warn people of the consequences of what is called in politically correct language "risky behavior."

Put more plainly, several types of sin spread HIV/AIDS, including homosexual behavior, sex with prostitutes, sex with multiple partners and illegal drug use (involving "dirty needles"). Honoring our Creator by keeping the rules of behavior He gave us in the form of the Ten Commandments would turn this unbelievably costly burden around. The consequences of failing to do so are impossible to overstate. The cost is more than humanity can bear.