Jun 20 2007

Aids in Africa: the treatment conundrum

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A grim new statistic from South Africa: for every person who started taking antiretroviral treatments for AIDS last year, five others contracted the HIV virus. The UN reports that this 1-5 ratio applies not only to South Africa, but to the African continent as a whole. Craig Timberg concludes in today’s Washington Post that “prevention programs have mostly failed….” A bleak specter now hangs over those doing battle against AIDS in Africa: despite billions of dollars in funding for treatment, the disease maintains momentum. Yet an awareness of this situation is slowly building, and the higher the awareness the better, an AIDS expert tells me today. The expert writes in an email, “At last people are facing the reality that treatment, though a good thing, won’t stop the epidemic.”

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