Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editor

Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editor

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AIDS no longer seems such a big deal to people in the industrialized world. Oh, sure, it's still around -- but now it's the junkies, the homeless and the lumpen poor who are the problem, not the gays. And besides we've got those miracle meds now; it's under control.

You've got to pity those poor Africans. But really what can we do?

A lot, as it turns out.

The HIV virus is about to explode in China and India, which together contain nearly half the world's people. And it's already got a foothold in Russia and Latin America. It's a human disaster and it's not going away.

Globalization will see to that: borders are permeable things. Infectious diseases like AIDS can't be sealed off by geography. This is going to take an international campaign and HIV-positive people will have to be at the forefront of the fight for treatment, prevention and care. …

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