"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

4.29.2009

a return to sensibility

I'm glad to see that President Obama has named Eric Goosby as global AIDS coordinator and head of PEPFAR. Observers are hopeful that this means a return to an HIV/AIDS policy that focuses on treatment and prevention - with realistic approaches to prevention of transmission of the disease. The Bush administration-created PEPFAR program has done a lot to help treat those who are infected with HIV, and they deserve credit for helping millions of people get access to anti-retrovirals.

But that success has to be tempered with an understanding of the effects of an ineffective policy on the prevention side. There's no telling how many people contracted HIV because of the Bush administration's policies on abstinence-based programs and their reluctance to fund substantial condom distribution and education programs. Here's hoping the Obama administration will use a comprehensive ABC-style approach, and that infection rates will finally start to go down.

3 Comments:

Blogger Kim Dionne said...

I started to reply to the post, and found it rather lengthy... enough to be a post in itself:

http://habanahaba.wordpress.com/2009/04/29/hope-for-change-with-obamas-global-aids-coordinator-appointment/

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 10:02:00 AM

 
Blogger Carole Turner said...

Uganda has proven that the ABC style approach works. Have you seen the movie Miss HIV? Very informative.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 9:26:00 PM

 
Blogger texasinafrica said...

Carole, exactly. It has to be a comprehensive, sustained approach that focuses on changing attitudes on a whole host of issues having to do with human sexuality. The key is that you can't leave out the A, the B, or the C.

Kim, thanks for your thoughts. I'll reply over at your blog later today.

Thursday, April 30, 2009 10:55:00 AM

 

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