AIDS meeting demands more than lip service
The last such conference — in Durban, South Africa, two years ago — generated many promises of action, but most are so far unkept. Opening the Barcelona meeting on 7 July, Peter Piot, executive director of UNAIDS, said it heralded “a new era — the era of AIDS as a global political issue.”
Although some progress has been made since Durban, delegates were reminded that according to current projections there could be 45 million new cases of HIV/AIDS by 2010, with the prevalence in some African countries already running at over 30 per cent of the population.
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Reference: Nature 418, 115 (2002)