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Tuesday, August 05, 2003

:: AIDS conference in South Africa ::
In South Africa 600 people a day are dying of AIDS.

Although the AIDS epidemic is in full swing, with approx. 4,700,000 South Africans infected with HIV, the prevention + treatment policies of Thabo Mbeki's government are coming under stiff criticism from local activists who are demanding affordable treatment for people with HIV (especially for pregnant mothers whose babies can be better protected from infection if a drug called Nevirapine is administered before birth).

Academics attending an international AIDS conference, in Durban, are also highlighting the need to avoid denial and start talking openly about issues relating to sex, AIDS, treatment, empowerment + support.