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A New Kind of Crisis: The Security Council Declares AIDS in Africa a Threat to World Stability

The United Nations Security Council, which usually deals with armed conflict, declared on Monday that there is a new kind of threat to political stability: a disease. AIDS in Africa is killing 10 times as many people as war, sabotaging the economy, a...

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News Analysis

Learning From HIV: Summing Up the Lessons From Five Years of Science Reporting

Eric Davidson has spent most of his long career studying the genetic "switches" that turn genes on and off. It is laborious, painstaking work, which may be one reason Davidson has become a gruff man who doesn't suffer fools. When I called him a few y...

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News Analysis

Turning Point: The International AIDS Conference Makes a Commitment to Saving Third-World Lives

Durban, South Africa -- Esther Guzha's dilemma springs from being one of the lucky ones. Two years ago, AIDS almost killed this Zimbabwean woman, wasting her down to a skeletal 80 pounds and leaving her prey to fungal infection of the brain. She was ...

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South Africa

Lost Opportunity: South African President Hedges on Cause of AIDS, Ignores Access to Medicine

Durban, South Africa, July 9 -- South African president Thabo Mbeki fumbled a prime opportunity tonight to galvanize his country against its greatest threat. HIV has infected almost a fifth of the adult population here. Yet, in an eagerly awaited spe...

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South Africa

Debating the Obvious: Inside the South African Government's Controversial AIDS Panel

Johannesburg, South Africa -- The most surreal moment happened right on the first day.

South African president Thabo Mbeki convened a panel of scientists to advise him on how to handle his country's surging AIDS epidemic, and it met on July 3 and 4 ...

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South Africa

Proof Positive: How African Science Has Demonstrated That HIV Causes AIDS

Bitoke Bisalile, Uganda -- It had to be witchcraft. For more than a year, Matia Katongole just kept getting thinner. His stepmother remembers his feet: As the bones showed through ever more sharply, they seemed to elongate.

Matia's family decided, w...

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Giving It Away: An American Pharmaceutical Giant Offers to Donate an AIDS Drug to South Africa

In an unexpected move, the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer offered last weekend to donate a crucial drug to South Africa. Called fluconazole, it treats one of the most feared AIDS opportunistic infections, a painful and lethal brain disease known as cryp...

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The War For Drugs

Rietpoort Farm, Standerton District, South Africa -- Every time Christina Makhubu came home, it was like Christmas. Working as a housemaid in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, she made more than anyone else in her family, including her brothers, who ...

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News Analysis

The New Marshall Plan: Rallying Congress to Fight AIDS in Africa

In his 27 years as a member of congress, one of Ron Dellums's proudest achievements was steering through sanctions against South Africa's apartheid regime. But the devastation of apartheid is quickly being dwarfed by AIDS, a disease that last year al...

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AIDS: The Agony of Africa -- Part Eight: Use What You Have

Gulu, Uganda -- It's four in the afternoon and Rose Ayo hasn't eaten yet. The 28-year-old mother of five eats only once a day, usually greens mixed with beans or maize meal. She has no job. Her family's food comes from farming a little plot of land a...

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