Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Manto wades in again
Manto Tshabalala-Msimang is urging South Africans to stop using the forward stroke when referring to HIV/AIDS and to use the word 'and' instead. This, presumably, on the basis that HIV is not connected to AIDS and so, when we talk about the diseases, we should refer to HIV and AIDS and thereby communicate the fact that they are different diseases.

She also makes what can only be described as an unintended plug for the Cape wine industry. As reported by News24:

'There were many things HIV-positive people could do to prolong their lives, according to Tshabalala-Msimang.

These included nutrition, stress management, changing their lifestyle, "preferably not smoke - I think we have encouraged people not to smoke - while I understand you can have a glass of wine now and again."'

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