According to the World Health Organization, the number of new cancer cases exceed 10 million per year.
I stand corrected. The number of HIV/AIDS cases, however, was at 36
million for the year 2000. Still a huge margin between the two diseases. As said, one can only wonder what the statistics are now.
I don't want to give the impression that I'm suggesting Cancer is a 'silly' disease. It isn't at all, and most of my family has unfortunately been affected by the disease. It is a horrible disease. But one must realise that HIV/AIDS is an extremely serious disease that has reached pandemic levels, and threatens to destroy a great deal of the sub-Saharan regions' population. It therefore needs a great deal of attention.
As for wealthy nations donating money, I can see the point that some people make about the money going into the coughers of government officials. However, one forgets Non-Governmental Organisations, who get virtually no money yet are the ones who do the most work. UN Aids, for instance, can receive a huge boost of money, and I'd bet that the money will go to where it is needed.
Wealthy nations should help poorer countries because it is their duty as fellow human beings. Without help from richer nations, poorer nations will continue in the downward spiral they are currently heading in, and the situation will only get worse and worse. The richer will get richer, and the poorer will get poorer. And this... needs to stop.
Lastly, AC320. You mentioned "ethical issue." I personally don't think pharmaceutical companies care about ethics and morality, but rather about how much money they can make. Hopefully I'm wrong, but I guess we'll see when a cure is discovered.