In South Africa, a Dramatic Shift on AIDS
October 27, 2006
After years of international criticism over its handling of the AIDS epidemic, the South African government is taking steps to turn its HIV/AIDS program around by expanding prevention, treatment and testing, observers say. Driving the change is the government's growing realization of the severity of the problem, an estimated 5.4 million of its 47 million citizens have HIV, and concern that the controversy surrounding its efforts is harming South Africa's international image. Among recent developments:
"[The government] has lost at least five years," said Mark Heywood, director of the AIDS Law Project at Witwaterstrand University in Johannesburg. "They're behind on prevention. They're behind on treatment. They're behind on planning for the social impact of HIV. But it's not too late to prevent a whole other generation of people from getting HIV."
10.27.2006; Craig Timberg
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