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.