Dutch Study: Most New HIV Infections Could Be Prevented With Pill

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The pill that prevents HIV is not widely available in Europe. If it were, it would probably drop infections considerably, researchers say.

The pill that prevents HIV is not widely available in Europe. If it were, it would probably drop infections considerably, researchers say.

Nearly two-thirds of new HIV infections in gay and bisexual men in the Netherlands could be prevented with antiretroviral treatment, according to a study published on Wednesday.

This treatment — also known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP — is not widely available in Europe. It’s not clear whether it would lead to a similar drop in infections in the U.S., where a growing number of gay and bisexual men are already getting PrEP as Truvada, the once-a-day blue pill.

Still, the researchers say that the new study adds to other research showing the public health benefits of PrEP, especially when combined with frequent HIV testing.

“I hope that this study contributes to making the case for making PrEP available to as many individuals as possible,” Oliver Ratmann, an epidemiologist at Imperial College London and leader of the new study, told BuzzFeed News.

Ratmann and his colleagues looked at the medical records of 617 Dutch men who were diagnosed with HIV between July 1996 and December 2010.

The Netherlands, like several other countries in northern Europe, is famous among medical researchers because the government routinely collects health and demographic data on citizens, and then makes the anonymized data available for scientific research. “All hospitals have to comply, which is why we have such a comprehensive dataset,” Ratmann said. “Almost everyone with HIV is in it.”
                           Ratmann’s team looked in particular at the specific genetic code of HIV in each of the 617 men. The virus’s DNA sequence mutates rapidly as it spreads from person to person. By comparing these sequences, “you can say that patient A did not infect patient B, because sequences are so dissimilar.”
                          With this approach, it’s not possible to determine for certain who infected who. But for each infected man, the researchers were able to identify three or four other men who could have infected him. By weighing these various probabilities, the researchers found that an estimated 71% of HIV transmissions came from men who had not been diagnosed, and 43% from men in their first year of infection, underscoring the importance of regular HIV testing.
                           The scientists’ mathematical modeling also found that 66% of the infections could have been prevented if: half of all men at risk of HIV were tested annually; those who tested positive were immediately put on treatment; and half of those who tested negative were put on PrEP.

                            The results are particularly exciting, Ratmann said, because the Netherlands already has a high level of HIV treatment once a person tests positive. These results suggest that proactively treating men before the infection could drop infection rates even more.That high level of treatment, however, also makes the Netherlands quite different from the U.S., noted Dawn Smith of the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.

“The underlying analysis methods are convincing, and findings are in the ballpark of what I would expect,” Smith told BuzzFeed News by email. Still, “this study’s direct applicability to the United States would be a bit different in that we don’t have the high coverage of antiretroviral treatment or retention in care rates here that are present in the Netherlands.”

Although PrEP awareness in the U.S. is on the rise, Smith added, there are still two notable barriers to making it more common. Too few gay and bisexual men know about it (or where to get it), and too few doctors know about it or know which of their patients would benefit from it.

Link of original article: http://realhealthtreatments.info/dutch-study-most-new-hiv-infections-could-be-prevented-with-pill

A Man Can’t Be Praised For His Evil Deeds, Unless You’re Evil

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We often hear “I don’t like Obama, I hate CNN, I don’t like George W. Bush etc. If you try to find out the reason for their hatred and dislike, they will tell you why.

It is very easy to hate than showing or giving love to a person. Thus, probably if someone hates me, there must be a reason for that. But when I haven’t committed any crime, I would like to find out why someone hates me. Is it because of my probing articles?

I am an African writer living in Europe, reading every humiliating and degrading articles European and American journalists write about Africa. Do you expect me to join them when they have many problems to deal with on their shores but pretend everything is fine?

In Brussels, come daily European and other world leaders to talk about problems affecting the world, with the aim of finding solutions to tackle those problems. In the same Brussels stands a statue of Leopold II, a king who killed and maimed over ten million Africans, including women and children.

Belgium didn’t take the crime of this criminal into consideration. Instead, they built a statue to glorify and named streets after him throughout the country, when there is no statue of Adolf Hitler, for killing 6 million Jews. Would you hate me as an African writer, who values life, if I write that the Belgian government should pull down that statue?

The world leaders and journalists converging at Brussels don’t care about any statue, because they are not Africans, moreover the life of an African to them is valueless. But since the Bible I read tells me that ‘God created man in His own image,’ I will write an article against this injustice and ignorance.

There is no one in his right mind who would praise someone who has committed such a heinous crime unless the person is sick himself or evil. Sometimes “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed,” said Martin Luther King Jr. Yes, the sufferer has to scream for the oppressor to know what the oppressed are going through.

Terrorism

The selfishness, greed, hypocrisy and bad policies of European and American leaders have generated scores of hatred for the common citizens. Whatever terrorism has taken place in Europe and America, in the past and today were caused by Europe and America.

In Brussels, they sit behind a heavy security gate and take measures to combat terrorism. After that, they give those measures to the media for publication but the reasons which led to the killing of the innocent citizens are never given to the media. Because they don’t want the public to know the truth and again aren’t ready to change their bad policies.

It’s unfortunate that people don’t realize the harm these politicians are causing in the society against ordinary citizens. Do we have to depend on such people/politicians for security or protection? They were there when 9/11 occurred. They were there when runners taking part in a marathon were murdered by unscrupulous terrorists. They were there when terrorist struck France and they were there when Africa was intentionally plagued with Aids, Ebola, Lassa fever and other diseases.

When they see victims of terrorism bodies scattered, before you’ll soldiers and the police with guns at every point of the street, disrupting public activities. These politicians have no protection for us today or tomorrow. In fact, they have left us sitting on a time bomb, without knowing when the next terrorist act will strike.

Honestly, the public can take good care of themselves more than what politicians can do, if each becomes his brother’s keeper, giving love, doing away with racism, discrimination and living in peace and harmony. Love truly conquers everything.

POVERTY AND CORRUPTION IN AFRICA

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Image of poverty in Africa amidst all the rich mineral resources

Original article published in ti-logo

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Around 80 per cent of African people live on less than US$2 a day. Corruption is one factor perpetuating poverty. Poverty and corruption combine to force people to make impossible choices like “Do I buy food for my family today or do I pay a bribe to get treated at the clinic?” Poor people often have low access to education and can remain uninformed about their rights, leaving them more easily exploited and excluded. In order to fight against their social exclusion and marginalisation, poor citizens need a space for dialogue with the authorities.

WHAT WE’RE DOING ABOUT IT

To escape the vicious cycle corruption creates for disadvantaged groups, people need to be able to speak up for their rights and demand accountability from their leaders, ensuring access to basic social services and resources. If the social compact between the government and the people fails, citizens – and especially the poor – are forced to compromise on the quality of their livelihoods and their social and human rights.

Our Poverty and Corruption in Africa (PCA) programme enabled disadvantaged people to take part in development processes by opening dialogue between them and their governments. From video advocacy to pacts binding officials and communities to agreed development targets, every activity was tailored to the national and local context.

Communities focused on their most pressing issues – such as agricultural support, water supplies or free medicines, all underpinned by the common principles of community participation. With its universal principles and adaptable methods, the programme’s approach is applicable in communities far beyond its scope.

If people have a say in how they’re governed (participatory governance) and officials are accountable to the people they serve (social accountability), poor people become aware of their power and the force their voices have when raised. Participatory social accountability tools increase contact between citizens and governments, and therefore increase transparency, accountability and good governance. They reduce the opportunities for people in authority to abuse their power.

Increased citizen participation means better informed communities, more public oversight and less corruption in planning and monitoring local development. This creates a win-win situation: the poor benefit from local development, and people in power benefit from being considered champions of integrity, all while the community prospers.

WHO’S INVOLVED

The PCA programme ran in six different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Six of our national chapters participated:

These chapters used different social accountability tools they developed to engage poor people and their governments in constructive dialogue. Starting on a small scale at the local level, their experiences show how the community participation they initiated gains momentum and ripples outwards, increasing the citizen-government interface further.

OUR APPROACH

In order to increase the voice the people have in shaping and monitoring service delivery, our chapter inLiberia set up poverty forums. These brought together authorities, service providers and communities for open discussions. These forums helped fill the information gap across a wide range of subjects, giving the people the confidence to contribute to decision-making and demand accountability from officials. Local officials now act with more transparency and integrity, unwilling to incur people’s criticism or loss of confidence.

Our chapter in Mozambique worked with community radio and activists to hold officials accountable for the quality of service delivery, by overseeing development budgets and planning. The community activists gathered information about irregularities in services and presented their complaints to local and provincial authorities. The process was reinforced by community radio programmes on fighting corruption, to inspire communities to demand accountability.

In Sierra Leone and Ghana, our chapters established monitoring groups to hold officials accountable. The committees monitor specific sectors such as health, education and agriculture. Members report their findings at quarterly meetings with public officials, where they agree on improvements needed. Monitoring team members then ensure these adjustments take place.

Using participatory video, the problems facing the communities are highlighted, and progress – or the absence thereof – can be recorded. Because making a video is easy and accessible, it is a highly effective tool to engage and mobilise marginalised people and to help them drive their own forms of sustainable development based on local needs. With community action at its heart, this approach opened dialogue between communities and the authorities.

Development pacts were used by our chapters in Uganda and Zambia as a way to hold officials accountable for public service delivery. These pacts act as a social contract, committing communities and officials to an agreed development priority. In Uganda, this meant transparent delivery of agricultural services, whereas in Zambia, the development pacts helped complete a bridge over a river that cuts a community off every rainy season. By opening projects to public scrutiny, in non-confrontational way, the pacts reduced opportunities for corruption, thus helping community members achieve their development targets

http://www.transparency.org/whatwedo/activity/poverty_and_corruption_in_africa

Antwerp Under The Administration of Mayor Bart De Wever

Could Bart De Wever be the best mayor of Antwerp?

The major of Antwerp, Bart De Wever and writer Joel Savage

The Mayor of Antwerp, Bart De Wever and the writer, Joel Savage. Photo:@Kouablan Dominique.

Not quite long in Belgium, but fifteen years in Antwerp is enough to write a narrative essay, whenever I meet this challenge at an examination hall. Even though Antwerp is a famous city, known for its rich diamond collection and flourishing seaport, in the early 2000’s, the city was very rough and unsafe for both tourists and citizens.

It was this period Leona Detiége, a Belgian politician and member of the Flemish social-democratic party, then mayor of Antwerp, did her best to tackle the problems destroying the reputation of the city of Antwerp, as a tourist attraction center.

She swung into action, focusing on the notorious places, such as De Conincksplein, a neighbourhood that harboured all criminal activities, including drug peddling, prostitution, bag snatching, pickpockets, pimps etc, and De Falconplein, another notorious neighbourhood, serving as a red light district for prostitutes, pimps, and drug couriers.

Her undertakings weren’t just a bluff, it did really paralyzed the prostitution industry. Many prostitutes were arrested and deported to their countries of origin and the pimp industry collapsed. The Antwerp police received a letter from a group calling themselves ‘The Nigerian Mafia,’ threatening and ready to fight the police to death, for taking their prostitutes off the streets.

Leona stationed a mobile police van at the center of Conincksplein 24 hours daily, and all the nefarious activities and crimes subsided. Apart from that Leona made it uneasy for landlords that stole money from tenants. It was a period, criminal-landlords was known as ‘huismelkers’ were making a lot of money from tenants. Like a farmer milking his cow, they steal the three months guarantee paid by tenants. Her actions worked and totally reduced this menace which had taken over Antwerp.

Unfortunately, all the hard efforts of Leona came to a fruitless end, when she left office and Patrick Janssens, a member of the SP.a, succeeded her, as the next mayor of Antwerp. Patrick Janssens probably thought the best way to serve Antwerp, is be friendly with everyone. It was his time drug peddling, which Leona had fought to subdue, increased significantly.

There was time, Moroccans in Antwerp, believe or thought the city is for them. They drive, stop on the street, talk to friends, with a long queue of traffic behind them. Who dares to talk? You will be surrounded and if the police are not around, you will be beaten mercilessly.

At Schijnpoort, a neighbourhood in Antwerp, a Belgium driving, stops and asks a Moroccan for help, as he couldn’t find a street he was looking for. As soon as his window came down, right in front of me, the Moroccan accumulated a thick saliva in his mouth and spits onto the face of the driver. He picks up a tissue paper, wipes the saliva from his face and drove away. My heart ached when I witnessed this scene.

Under the administration of Patrick Janssens,   the situation in Antwerp grew from bad to worse. More drug trafficking at coffee shops run by foreigners. By the time he decides to take drastic action, it was too late. The people in Antwerp are fed up and really want a change.

I will always remember Patrick Janssens for saving the citizens of Antwerp from dog’s waste explosion. It was a period one always comes home with a dog’s waste because they are everywhere. He did well to impose a fine against dog owners that leave dogs’ waste in the city after excretion.

The coming in of  Bart De Wever, the leader of N-VA party, as the mayor of Antwerp, took many by surprise. As a politician who has dreams including the creation of an independent state for the province of Antwerp, many don’t like him much, but that didn’t prevent him from winning the seat as mayor of Antwerp.

The man knows that coming into office as a mayor is not all that is important but one’s achievement. De Wever is destined to carve his name as one of the best or probably the best mayor in the political history of Belgium. Since he assumed office, De Wever has done a lot within the shortest period many past mayors couldn’t achieve.

In regard to security and safety, Antwerp is now a safe city any time of the day, including night. Conincksplein, which used to be a dangerous place in Antwerp, is now a safe community for citizens.

The newly completed library adds glamour to the beauty of the area. Antwerp also remains clean since the administration introduced fine for litterers. Alcohol forbidden zones are now in force within the city.

Despite all his achievements, many still don’t agree with him. Some say he is a good man or bad man, others think he is wicked, but whatever name they call him, there is no doubt that Bart De Wever is the best mayor Antwerp has ever got or probably the best in the political history of Belgium.

The Killing Indulgence: Don’t Be A Slave To Drug Abuse

Drug is something if you go into it, you can't get out of it.

The use of hard drug like cocaine has increased rapidly destroying the lives of many people

Crime and illegal activities, like drug peddling, are destroying our community and putting the health of individuals in danger. The disastrous effect of drugs on mankind is a global phenomenon that governments are yet to find a common solution. Consumption of dangerous drugs is tearing Europe and America apart, just like how AIDS has completely ruined Africa. On almost every street in Europe, junkies are commonly seen, especially in Spain, Germany and Holland. Hard drug has transformed able-bodied men into some fearful creatures like actors set for a horror movie.

Some are gaunt at the edge of death. Others have lost their families and properties. Some are insane leading them to permanent confinement in mental institutions. Similar to fight against terrorism worldwide, governments are fighting against drug abuse to ensure good health for its citizens. The drug menace, destruction and its drastic effect on people have dented and inflated the medical cost of many countries which citizens have been plagued by illegal usage of harmful drugs.

Every continent including America and Europe is at war over drug trafficking for almost a century. Surveillance and security at airports and border posts have increased but still hard drugs find its way into the hands of Americans and Europeans, taking its toll on citizens. Mexican drug barons and Italian mafias through different illegal sources bring drugs to the shores of Europe and America. Even though thousands of drug traffickers have been arrested, yet deadly drugs are still flooded in America and Europe.

Once hooked on drugs, they can’t do without them. The more they take it, the more they want it. In order to satisfy their demand, junkies resort to stealing anything they could lay their hands on. This has caused a sharp increase in crime. The question is: Are the authorities winning the war on drugs? The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few. Despite previous and recent progress in arresting drug dealers and seizing tons of illegal drugs, the trade still goes on unabated.

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Is the  “The global war on drugs is it yielding positive results or failing? From every angle, one could clearly see that the war on drugs is totally futile. New research has revealed more dangerous illegal drugs have become cheaper while their potency increased, indicating that efforts to control the global illegal drug market through law enforcement are failing.

War on drugs has totally failed that governments wish to consider decriminalizing drugs in a bid to cut consumption and weaken the power of organized crime gangs. Until the war on drugs is successful, many will continue to live in the abyss, taking them into their untimely grave. Harmful drugs had spread to the extent that it is tried by many people including children and pregnant women, putting the babies’ lives in danger.

Children are now using cocaine in large quantities like adults. It’s very hard to see one you loved consumed by drugs. In fact, the war on drugs is the responsibility of everyone. Parents have a role to play as well, by letting your child know that you have concerns about his well-being, educating the child on how dangerous drugs can be. When the child is already deep into drugs the only solution is to enter the child into rehab.

Do You Want To Be Free Of Fear Of The Authority? Keep Doing Good

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If you live in a glass house, there is a strict rule to follow. Don’t throw stones. Many don’t respect the authority, they disobey their parents, ignore their teachers and live reckless lives. Affected by problems at home, including divorce, alcoholism and drug abuse, they grow to be criminals, finding it hard to obey rules and respect the authority. At the end, they find themselves in the net of the law.

Surprisingly, people you may not suspect to be deceptive and cunning, also go against the law. Many celebrities and rich people don’t give respect to authorities, as law-abiding citizens. They evade tax. Every crime deserves punishment, yet those who commit crime, try to find ways and means to erase everything possibly to link them up to that crime to avoid prison sentence.

If investigation leads  criminals to prison, many refuse to obey the authorities, or have a changed character to demand early release, instead they plan prison escape. They don’t want to serve time in prison, yet they commit crime. Drug offense in many countries in Asia carries death penalty, yet people try to smuggle drugs to Asia.  Do we have to shed tears for people that get involved in such acts, when they have conscience to know good and evil?

One of the powerful ways to cultivate humility, humbleness, submissiveness and to get rid of pride, is to remain in God’s love. The devil has work for idle hands, so keep yourself busy by alienating from things that may put you into trouble. There is nothing that gives satisfaction and happiness to man, than to give Caesar what belongs to him (paying your tax) and give to God what belongs to God (To follow His teachings) to resist the temptations of the world.

The Persistent Threat Of Ebola In West Africa: An Open Letter To President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Of Liberia

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The helpless President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: Is she scared to tell the American government of the medical crime committed in her country against Liberian citizens?

By Johan Van Dongen (Dutch Scientist & Micro-Surgeon)

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Saturday, July 31, 2015, that Liberia’s devastating 14-month Ebola outbreak, which killed more than 4,700 people, is over in the West African country.

The WHO declares: “It has been 42 days since the last confirmed Ebola victim in Liberia was buried. That is twice the 21-day incubation period for the disease to emerge in an infected individual. A national ceremony is planned for Monday.”

But why do outbreaks persist in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone? And why did WHO cautioned that this reality creates: “A high risk that infected people may cross into Liberia over the region’s exceptionally porous borders?”

This is very strange because we know by now that the Ebola virus which was discovered in Liberia is totally different from the one which caused the previous outbreaks in Sierra Leone and Guinea! And when they cross the borders they only could insert the contaminated virus with that specific virus and not the newly appeared virus which contaminated the 17-year-old boy!

So, if anyone thinks the Ebola outbreak in Mano River Basin is something that is a trifle, please let me confidently state to you that the ongoing disaster is far from being something to put on back-burner. This is the time for all residents in the badly affected Ebola  countries to unite to fight those who developed the man-made viruses!

World Health Organisation spokesperson, Tarik Jasarevic has now officially informed journalists on what many had suspected was the fearful realization that the new outbreak of Ebola in Liberia, with an index case of a 17 years old schoolboy, was not really ‘new’ after all. The outbreak never really ended in Liberia, something the World Health Organization knew that all along.

“We’re proud of what we collectively managed to do but we need to remain vigilant,” said Peter Jan Graaff, the United Nations Secretary-General, acting as a special representative and head of the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). The virus is not yet out of the region and as long as the virus is in the region all of us are still potentially at risk.”

On Saturday, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, toured health centers in Monrovia, embracing and taking group photos with health workers. She was accompanied by U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac, the Associated Press reported.

But President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, how long do you want to wait?  Is it not about time to open your eyes and stop embracing WHO and other political, military and medical celebrities, who knew and know that the Ebola and Aids viruses were developed in the bio-medical warfare scene before, during and after the Second World War?

Is quietness not a form of stupidity, when many African leaders, including you, do not recognize the real scientific described origin of Aids and Ebola? Are your citizens not more important than power and money? Are you not aware of the fear and uncertainty you’ve placed your citizens into? What about the future, families, communities, your country, and its economy?

How long will you continue to believe in liars and people like Peter Jan Graaff from the WHO, who declared that Liberians are Ebola free? And when he stated that the transition to Ebola-free status was a “monumental achievement,” then President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf , you must read my book “Aids and Ebola the greatest crime in medical history against mankind,” and articles on the blog of the Ghanaian investigative journalist, author, and writer Joel Savage.

Yes! President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, you must do that, because the complete scientifically development of Aids and Ebola viruses are well explained in the book, to bring out the truth and stop the Africans claiming Aids and Ebola are curses from God. Africans don’t deserve any punishment or curse from God, than those who developed the viruses and planted in Africa.

Tolbert Nyenswah

Tolbert Nyenswah, who led Liberia’s much-criticized response to the disease, said late Thursday that finally ridding the country of Ebola was vindication for leadership that had taken such a beating during the darkest hours of the epidemic when critics complained about slow steps taken to halt the spread of the deadly virus. “Today, the same people (critics) are using us as a success story,” Nyenswah said.

In Washington, the White House on Saturday congratulated Liberia on the achievement, but cautioned that: “(we) must not let down our guard until the entire region reaches and stays at zero Ebola cases.” That statement alone confirms Liberia is still not free from Ebola.

The U.S. military, which was quick to respond to the crisis, built 11 clinics across Liberia, many by contract and trained 1,500 health workers. Yet by the time the work was completed in late December, the disease was on the decline. Last month, The New York Times reported that only 28 Ebola patients were treated at clinics built by the U.S. military, but President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,  they only treated 28 patients for the record, and to ask why does Liberia need thousand soldiers to take care of only 28 patients in the neighbourhood of diamond and gold mines?

Peter Jan Graaff from the WHO

The WHO spokesman Peter Jan Graaff has now confirmed that: “Genetic studies of the virus in the ‘latest’ outbreak in Liberia is identical to the one that used to kill in Liberia few months back and which is the same virus that continues to kill in both Sierra Leone and Guinea.” But that is a lie President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf!

Because none, (I repeat, NONE) of the Liberians now with new Ebola infection in Liberia ever traveled to Sierra Leone or Guinea. It means the virus has been right inside Liberia quietly all this time. Whether new or old virus, they were all genetically engineered in laboratories.

Conclusions

The WHO Spokesman is now saying the infection of the 17 years old boy was likely acquired from a ‘non-identified transmission within the community’ or from a survivor still carrying the infection in other body fluids long after the blood tested negative for the virus. But there is also another possibility, so fearful to contemplate that the virus has now modified itself so much, genetically engineered by men of course, so that it can delay the onset of symptoms in those it infected.

What do I mean by ‘delay the onset of symptoms?’ Let me explain. Viruses can exist for stated periods in humans before they start manifesting sickness in the infected human. For example, the HIV virus can exist for years in a person before it causes the manifestation of clinical signs of HIV-AIDS.

Now, prior to this Outbreak, Ebola was known to manifest symptoms within 2 to 21 days of infection. This particular MRU outbreak had an average of 9 days between infection and symptoms. So, if it is now suspected to be scenario for ‘new index case’ of a teenage boy in Liberia, this MRU Ebola virus is now with the ability to exist for more than 21 days in a human before it manifests symptoms of Ebola sickness, then I can easily say we have a major situation on our hands in the MRU basin, to say the words from Tolbert Nyenswah.

Add to this, if the huge number of survivors living in MRU basin are possible carriers of the dreadful Ebola virus in body fluids like male semen or in the placenta of the foetus in wombs, we might have a serious nightmare unfolding in the Mano River Union basin also in the future.

http://www.amazon.com/AIDS-AND-EBOLA-Greatest-Medical-ebook/dp/B00QZCYMSS

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