AIDS Could Overtake Black Death

Some health experts anticipate that AIDS could surpass the great dying in the fourteenth century known as the Black Plague-the most devastating epidemic in history.

Dr. Peter Lamptey, of the Family Health International AIDS Institute, is one of many who say AIDS will become the deadliest disease on record. "The Black Death ravaged Europe and Asia in the 14th century," he said. "(It was) estimated to have killed about 23 million people in Asia and about 20 million people in Europe."

Dr. Lamptey also said nations that have been successful in curbing AIDS encouraged a change in lifestyles to include an abstinence message.