With more than 40 million people worldwide infected with HIV, the virus's toll on Africa is worsening and an AIDS epidemic is poised to explode in Asia, a U.N. report warned Tuesday.
Former President Bill Clinton and South African leader Nelson Mandela called on world leaders to recognize the AIDS epidemic as a threat to worldwide economic stability and peace at the closing ceremony of the 14th International AIDS Conference.
Shouting protesters drowned out U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson during his speech to the 14th International AIDS Conference Tuesday, saying that the United States isn't doing its part in the fight against global epidemic.
The world's largest conference on the AIDS epidemic opened Sunday with renewed calls for aid from the developed nations and demands that affordable drugs be made available to third world nations fighting the disease.
Despite ongoing negotiations with an AIDS drug manufacturer, Brazil announced that they will strip the company's patent and start producing the drug unless prices drop by 40 percent.
Flanked by African leaders, President Bush today announced the U.S. would contribute $200 million to fight AIDS, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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