Burma: Suu Kyi Visits HIV-Positive Patients
November 18, 2010
Just four days after her release from house arrest, democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday visited about 120 HIV patients and pleaded their case for more assistance. "Please help them. Donate money to them," she told a cheering crowd of about 500 in South Dagon township. The patients expressed delight with the visit from the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Burma's military rulers devote few resources to HIV/AIDS and spend just 0.5 percent of the nation's gross domestic product on health, according to the UN. Suu Kyi, 65, who was detained for 15 of the last 20 years, on Monday returned to the offices of her party, the National League for Democracy.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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