- Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, said on two occasions he was asked by the United States president, Donald Trump, if HIV and HPV were the same
- Gates said the first time the president asked him the question was in December 2016 and the second time was in March 2017
Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder, Bill Gate, has revealed that the United States president, Donald Trump, didn't know the difference between human immune deficiency virus (HIV) and human papillomavirus (HPV).
Gates said that President Trump had asked him twice if HIV and HPV were the same thing, adding that the first time he asked was at Trump Tower in December 2016 and the second time was in March 2017, USA Today reports.
NAIJ.com notes that the Microsoft founder said: "Both times he wanted to know if there was a difference between HIV and HPV. So, I was able to explain that those are rarely confused with each other."
He also described a time he saw the president speaking with his 22-year-old daughter, Jennifer Gates.
Gates said: "And then, like 20 minutes later, he flew in in a helicopter to the same place. So, clearly he had been driven away, but he wanted to make a grand entrance in a helicopter. When I first talked to him, it was actually kind of scary how much he knew about my daughter's appearance. Melinda didn't like that too well."
He also said Donald Trump had asked him if vaccines were bad for consumption, that he was exploring forming a commission to look into the "ill effects of vaccines".
Gates added: "I said, 'No, that's a dead end. That would be a bad thing. Don't do that."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HIV is different from HPV. The virus is the most common STD. It has infected 79 million Americans. In most cases, people with HPV do not have health problems, but the virus can cause cancer.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would pay off Nigeria’s $76 million debt to Japan, over a 20-year period, beginning in 2018.
The money was borrowed from the Asian country in 2014, to be used to tackle the polio disease.
As a result of the loan, Nigeria recorded no new case of the disease in 2017; a major improvement from 2012 when the country had over half of all polio cases worldwide.
Gates had also acknowledged the significant strides made towards eradicating the disease globally.
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