Asia Needs to Build on Existing HIV/AIDS Programs Before Millions Contract Virus, WHO Official Says
June 30, 2005
Asia's HIV/AIDS epidemic could rival sub-Saharan Africa's if efforts are not made to step up prevention campaigns and deliver more resources and drugs to affected people, Jack Chow, World Health Organization assistant director for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, said in Tokyo on Wednesday, the AP/Los Angeles Times reports (Mason, AP/Los Angeles Times, 6/29). "We're at a tipping point in Asia, particularly in China," Chow -- who is in Japan to attend the 7th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, scheduled to be held July 1-5 in Kobe -- said, adding, "What we need to see is a collective response that matches, if not surpasses, the pace of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Anything short of that and we'll see a potential skyrocketing in the number of cases" (Lies, Reuters, 6/29). HIV/AIDS-related stigma is impeding the fight against HIV/AIDS in Asia, and sexuality and drugs remain taboo subjects in many parts of the Asia-Pacific region, Japanese AIDS advocate Hiroshi Hasegawa said. "Women in South Asia, gays in Northeast Asia, drug users in Southeast Asia: they are vulnerable to infections, but they are socially weak," Hasegawa said, adding, "We must work to ease the stigma against people with HIV" (AFP/Yahoo! News, 6/29). Chow said stigma and discrimination can be defeated by involving HIV-positive people and national leaders in public campaigns, according to the AP/Times.
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