n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - Clinicians as public health advocates : the need for health professionals to be more vocal in campaigns to extend access to effective HIV/AIDS treatment : care access




HIV/AIDS presents a health and development emergency of unprecedented proportions. In the words of epidemiologist Kevin de Cock, it 'threatens to do more to undermine development in Africa in the 21st century, than slavery did in the nineteenth' (comments made at the UNAIDS/WHO Consultation on HIV Reporting and Disclosure, October 1999). Faced with this threat an extraordinary duty falls on health professionals.


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