n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - From the editor
|Article Title||From the editor|
|Journal||Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine|
|Publication Date||Jan 2000|
The 13th International Aids Conference takes place in Durban, South Africa, from 9 to 14 July 2000. This is noteworthy for a number of reasons : In the first instance, it is the first time that the conference is being held on the African continent, and notably, it is also the first time it is being held in a developing country. The host country is witnessing the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the world - it is estimated that 1 in 10 South Africans is infected with the virus. The scientific community, and indeed the population at large, has recently witnessed the re-emergence of the debate surrounding the link between HIV and AIDS. The sensationalism surrounding this has only served to deviate and diffuse the focus away from the prevention and management of the problem. The Southern African HIV Clinicians Society has played an active part during recent times in reassuring both the public and clinicians about the way forward in dealing with the epidemic.
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