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  • Bell, Elizabeth
    Americans Support US Help to Fight AIDS in Africa Reuters Health Information Services (www.reutershealth.com) (06/28/00) A survey conducted by the Kaiser
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 29, 2000
      "Americans Support US Help to Fight AIDS in Africa"
      Reuters Health Information Services (www.reutershealth.com)
      A survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation of 1,200
      adult Americans indicates that 70 percent of those surveyed were aware
      that most HIV and AIDS patients are in Africa, and must said they
      support using federal funds to fight the disease there.
      Seventy-six percent of those surveyed said they support using
      American funding for HIV prevention and education, while 72
      percent said the funds should also be directed towards treatment
      and care. Many of the respondents called on the United Nations
      and African nations to do more to fight HIV, with over 50 percent
      saying the United Nations should play a larger role against AIDS
      in Africa, and about 75 percent saying the African nations
      themselves should increase their efforts. Just over 80 percent
      of the respondents also said drug companies should lower their
      prices for poorer countries.

      "Officials Say the AIDS Epidemic Must Be Addressed in South
      MSNBC Online (www.msnbc.com) (06/28/00)
      Experts said Tuesday that fighting AIDS in South Africa,
      which has the highest number of people living with HIV in the
      world, requires overcoming the stigma and silence surrounding the
      disease. A new United Nations report found that 4.2 million
      South Africans, or about 10 percent of the population, are
      infected with HIV. Dr. Eljadj Sy, leader of the UNAIDS team for
      eastern and southern Africa, noted that too many South Africans
      are not tested for HIV, due to fear and lack of access. Often,
      South Africans who reveal they have HIV are shunned, fired from
      their jobs, and sometimes attacked. Speaking at a news
      conference in advance of the upcoming AIDS conference in Durban,
      Dr. Sy called on more HIV-infected people to join the fight
      against AIDS. He noted, "This is the way to combat stigma. This
      is a way to combat exclusion. This is also a way to put a face
      on this number," meaning the 24.5 million people in sub-Saharan
      Africa who are infected with HIV.
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