Earlier this month, the head of HIV programming at WHO told a journalist that HIV was not going to storm through the heterosexual populations of any continent outside Africa. And he was right. But days later, he issued a hasty and non-sensical “correction”. The correction made it politically correct, but epidemiologically incorrect. I got in quite a snit about it, both on this blog and in an op-ed piece in The Times.
Now, wiriting in The Lancet, Dr. De Cock has corrected the correction, with the help of Paul Delay at UNAIDS. The facts are the same as those he gave in the original story. But they are hedged about with just enough “yes, buts…” to make them politically correct, too.