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New Report on World AIDS Epidemic

by John S. James

December 1, 2000

On November 28 UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) and the World Health Organization issued their annual report on the status of the global epidemic -- an authoritative though not infallible report that provides a worldwide common basis for discussion. The 30-page AIDS Epidemic Update: December 2000 is difficult to summarize, but here are some of the highlights:

"At least U.S. $1.5 billion a year could make it possible to achieve massively higher levels of implementation of all the major components of successful prevention programmes for the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. These would cover sexual, mother-to-child and transfusion-related HIV transmission, and would involve approaches ranging from awareness campaigns through the media to voluntary HIV counseling and testing, and the promotion and supply of condoms." Another $1.5 billion would provide basic care for many of the orphans and AIDS patients who need it, although "making a start on coverage with combination antiretroviral therapy would add several billion dollars annually to the bill."

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