Critics blame South Africa’s high HIV infection rates on government inaction and mixed messages. Recently, however, the deputy president of the country has called for intensification of the fight against AIDS. Charlayne Hunter-Gault reports from Johannesburg. Continue reading
Bill and Melinda Gates, whose foundation seeks to address worldwide needs in areas including health and education, describe their initiatives and decision-making process.
Results of two studies conducted in Africa show that circumcision can cut the rate of HIV infection in heterosexual men by 50 percent. Meanwhile the Bush administration is launching a new anti-malaria initiative. An expert discusses combating these diseases and the role of international organizations. Continue reading
World health experts and community leaders gathered in Toronto for the 16th International AIDS Conference. Former NewsHour correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault, who attended the conference, discusses the ideas put forth. Continue reading
Washington D.C. has begun to offer a rapid oral HIV test free to residents — the first program of its kind. The director of the D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration discusses the program’s aim to increase awareness, draw in more patients and encourage disease prevention. Continue reading
First identified in 1981, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has shaped health policy, politics and medicine in the United States and throughout the world. International efforts have led to some breakthroughs but no simple answers in combating the virus.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s statement that condoms are an "improvisation, not a solution" in the fight against AIDS sparked debate Monday at the global AIDS conference in Bangkok. Continue reading
The United Nations and other organizations said Tuesday they will use their resources to help people in poor countries get AIDS drugs through agreements with generic drug manufacturers. Continue reading