BANGKOK (AP) - International opposition to Burma's military Junta is contributing
to the spread of AIDS there, a medical researcher said July 30.
Economic sanctions against Burma are depriving the government of foreign exchange
needed to buy basic medical equipment to fight the disease, said Dr. Daniel Tarantola,
Director of a Harvard School of Public Health International AIDS Program.
He said, the worsening economy is forcing many young women into prostitution, a major
source of the disease's spread. He said that as many as 400,000 Burmese may already
be infected with the virus and within two years, there may be more people infected
with the virus in Burma than in the United States.