“Kept in sacks piled in barns and warehouses, food stores in countries near the equator are contaminated by Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus, fungi that produce a toxic substance called aflatoxin.
…chronic exposure has been linked to liver damage and related cancers;…
“Our work suggests that aflatoxin exposure may be taking an even greater toll in areas where millions are infected with HIV, including Africa and Asia, the latter with a fast-growing HIV population and rice storage areas contaminated by fungi,” Pauline Jolly, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Epidemiology within the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), said.
…They divided patients into four [study] groups based on their level of aflatoxin exposure and found that those in the highest exposure group were 2.6 times more likely to have a high HIV viral load than those in the lowest exposure group.
Higher viral load translates into higher rates of HIV transmission and the potential for earlier progression to the opportunistic infections of AIDS .”
How about this: Higher aflatoxin exposure itself is responsible for increased ‘viral load’ and ‘HIV’-positivity, and AIDS-defining illnesses.
[Source: Deccan Chronicle]