Yolanda Foster compared Lyme disease to HIV and it didn't go over well

Nov 8, 2016 at 1:43 p.m. ET
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Yolanda Foster is under fire for her Lyme disease comparison.

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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star has been very public about her struggle with the disease for years. At a press conference in Sydney, Australia, she questioned why Lyme disease research and fundraising doesn't get the same attention as that for other diseases — like AIDS.

"We all pull together so beautifully for HIV," she said. "Lyme is three times more prevalent right now. It’s a worldwide epidemic. The first case was diagnosed in 1972, yet we haven’t done anything about it."

Unfortunately, the statistics for both illnesses aren't even close to the same. According to the Daily Mail, AIDS has caused an estimated 35 million deaths. Only 114 people have died from Lyme disease.

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Needless to say, Foster's statement isn't being taken particularly well.


"Hey #YolandaHadid...maybe u should watch #EightiesCNN to understand how AIDS was truly a stigma & u can stop comparing Lyme to that," one person tweeted at her.

Even doctors are calling Foster out for her statement. Dr. Brad McKay told News.com.au that her comparison wasn't even close to fair.

"If HIV isn’t treated, people die," he explained. "If Lyme disease isn’t treated, then people can feel unwell for a very long time."

It seems like Foster isn't letting the negativity get her down, though. She says she's in remission from the disease and she's been celebrating by traveling the world on a spiritual journey. Most recently, she's been in Australia, where she gave her ill-fated press conference in between her kangaroo hangout seshes.


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