Fight Against HIV/AIDS Pandemic at "Frustrating Yet Tantalizing Turning Point," Editorial Says
August 20, 2008
The fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic is at a "frustrating yet tantalizing turning point," as was "evidenced" at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City earlier this month, a San Francisco Chronicle editorial says. HIV/AIDS first "was a mystery, then a peril and a political football, and now it's a research marathon," the editorial says, adding, "Nearly three decades on, AIDS has collected all these labels" and it "may be a long wait for the next name change."
According to the editorial, a preventive HIV/AIDS vaccine "remains a distant hope, given the lengthy list of failed attempts." It adds that instead, "small-scale innovations" -- such as male circumcision, microbicides and the promotion of prevention plans that include condoms, counseling and abstinence -- "need tryouts in a landscape with no solid answers." HIV/AIDS "remains lethal and unsolved," the editorial says, concluding, "That should be reason enough to fight it. But the world should be encouraged by small steps that are paying off -- and take even more of them" (San Francisco Chronicle, 8/20).
Kaisernetwork.org was the official webcaster of the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City.
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.