n African Renaissance - Aids in Africa : discerning the silences

Volume 3, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Six years ago the XIII International AIDS Conference, held that year in Durban, South Africa, chose as their theme "Break the Silence". There were several silences then that presumably needed to be broken: the silence of individuals with AIDS deterred by stigma from getting proper treatment; the silence of African governments said to be ignoring or denying their AIDS epidemic; and, the silence of the world in not taking the epidemic seriously. In the intervening six years all those silences are being vociferously confronted, if not utterly broken. Stigma has not disappeared, but it is being loudly challenged; African governments and their leaders are openly discussing their own epidemics; and the world - especially the UN's Global Fund and the US's PEPFAR program - has poured immense resources into anti-retroviral treatment. The world-wide epidemic is no where near under control, but the reason is no longer these silences.

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