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#68: Haiti and AIDS : Laleau comments
While living with campesinos in the coastal region of Ecuador in the 1970s, I
noticed that they basically "shared needles" -- i.e., there was one woman in
the area who knew how to give injections. When someone had an infection, he
went into town to a pharmacy and got some antibiotics (no prescription
required) and brought them to her to be injected. (I observed this in
action.) She went to a drawer in a dusty table and got out a beat-up
syringe, rinsed it off with unboiled river water (that everybody in the area
was accustomed to drink, and that the cattle were also accustomed to wading
in). She filled the syringe and injected whomever needed the injection.
I don't know if similar practices had been followed in Haiti or not, but it
wouldn't surprise me.
P.S. While I drank the unboiled river water like everybody else, when I got
an infected mosquito bite on my foot, I went into town and got a doctor to