Some 300 South African doctors in private practice and state
hospitals donned T-shirts Monday to support a call by the
country's largest AIDS lobby group, Treatment Action Campaign,
for antiretroviral treatment for people living with the disease.
The shirts stated on the front, "Doctors support TAC," "HIV+" and
"SAMA supports HIV treatment" on the back. Kgosi Letlape, chair
of the South African Medical Association, a professional
association representing two-thirds of all doctors in the
country, said, "The campaign by members of SAMA is to show
doctors' support for the Treatment Action Campaign and to
highlight the plight of people living with the disease," Letlape
said. "They are hiding behind a task team with the finance
minister looking at the cost. That should take them half an hour,
they are wasting time and playing Russian roulette with life in
this country," Letlape said.
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