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mercredi 7 mars 2012

Talking About Sex Is the Only Way to Stop HIV

This week the world’s experts on HIV/AIDS will gather in Seattle for their annual meeting and to gloat, a little, over their remarkable accomplishments. Globally, the rate of new annual infections dropped from 3.4 million in 1997 to 2.7 million in 2010.

For the United States, however, there is much less to celebrate. We have been stuck at about 50,000 new infections each year for more than a decade. Compared with the challenges facing places like sub-Saharan Africa, our failure is particularly galling: we have plenty of drugs that work, the money and systems to administer them, and effective, if not particularly popular, ways to interrupt the spread (condoms, clean needles, abstinence).

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