Africa Notes: AIDS in Africa: Knowns and Unknowns - July 1987
July 17, 1987
Postcolonial Africa has been plagued by institutional and political crises, economic dislocations, drought, and famine. Now it is confronted with a new threat of devastating potential - the possibility that AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) could virtually wipe out the critical elite layer of society in much of the continent, and, eventually, a substantial portion of the population. Cases of AIDS have been reported in at least 19 African countries, but the epidemic appears to have hit hardest in Central and East Africa, notably Zaire, Uganda, and Zambia.