Hollywood Actor Richard Gere Wants Western Nations to Do more to Prevent AIDS in Asia
November 18, 2002
Actor Richard Gere wants Western nations to do more to prevent HIV/AIDS in Asia, where many fear the disease is spreading fast. "I think we in the West can do much more to help, and we're talking about hundreds of millions of dollars," Gere said in an interview with the BBC World Service Friday. Calling India his "second home in many ways," Gere said, "I've seen how we didn't take [AIDS] seriously enough and in America we could have stopped it sooner. Having experienced that and lived through that ... I don't want to see [Indians] have to go through the same thing." India is now home to about 4 million HIV-infected people -- more than any other country except South Africa, which has 4.7 million people with HIV.
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