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AIDS

Denialism’s Dark Day

November 2nd, 2009 | Posted in Blog | No Comments
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The process may be painful, and at times even deadly, but denialism actually can be defeated. It happened last week South Africa, which was once the world’s unrivaled capitol of AIDS Denialism. In a speech that sent AIDS jubilant activists into the streets to celebrate, President Jacob Zuma said: “We must accept that we need to work harder, and with renewed focus, to implement the strategy that we have developed together … knowledge will help us to confront denialism and the stigma attached to the epidemic.”  Read more »

What Money Can Buy

October 24th, 2005 | Posted in The New Yorker, Articles | No Comments
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Download the PDF Millions of Africans die needlessly of disease each year. Can Bill Gates change that?
by Michael Specter

Each May, representatives from the hundred and ninety-two member nations of the World Health Organization travel to Geneva to set policies for the coming year. The assembly lasts a week, and the delegates often find themselves devoting as much of that time to politics as they do to matters of life or death. Read more »

Higher Risk

May 23rd, 2005 | Posted in The New Yorker, Articles | No Comments
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Download the PDF Crystal meth, the Internet, and dangerous choices about AIDS.
by Michael Specter

San Francisco's Magnet center is hard to miss. It occupies a storefront directly across the street from Badlands, a city landmark of its kind, at Eighteenth and Castro Streets, perhaps the gayest address in the world. Magnet is a drop-in clinic for a community that has been besieged by health problems for nearly a quarter of a century—since the men of the Castro began to die of the plague. Read more »

Personal Responsibility Dept: Nowhere

November 22nd, 2004 | Posted in The New Yorker, Articles | No Comments
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Download the PDF Larry Kramer delivered a long and fiery speech at Cooper Union last Sunday night. That, of course, was nothing new. Kramer, the playwright who founded the activist group ACTUP and was the signature voice of the age of AIDS, is famous for his fury: once, he and thousands of his supporters invaded St. Patrick's Cathedral during Mass; another time, they wrapped Jesse Helms's house in a giant yellow condom. Over the years, they hounded pharmaceutical companies and the government into developing and providing drugs and treatments. Read more »

The Devastation

October 11th, 2004 | Posted in The New Yorker, Articles | No Comments
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Download the PDF Since 1965, life expectancy for Russian men has decreased by nearly six years. And now there is AIDS.
by Michael Specter

The first days of spring are electrifying in St. Petersburg. The winters are hard and dark and long, and when the light finally returns each year thousands of people pour onto Nevsky Prospekt and into the squares in front of the Winter Palace and St. Isaac's Cathedral. Read more »

The Vaccine

February 3rd, 2003 | Posted in The New Yorker, Articles | No Comments
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Download the PDF Has the race to save Africa from aids put Western science at odds with Western ethics?
by Michael Specter

At forty-one, Hala has five children and eight grandchildren. Her first husband left when their second child was born. Her second husband died of aids nearly twenty years ago, in the earliest days of the epidemic. Hala often tells people that she sells charcoal, doughnuts, or cooking oil on the streets, but that isn't true. She is a prostitute, who has spent nearly half her life working out of a wattle hut in Pumwani, one of Nairobi's most crowded–and violent–slums. On an average day, she might see ten men, most of them truck drivers from Tanzania. Read more »

India’s Plague

December 17th, 2001 | Posted in The New Yorker, Articles | No Comments
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Download the PDF Cheaper drugs may help millions who have AIDS– but how many will they hurt?
by Michael Specter

Late on an autumn afternoon a little more than a year ago, a nattily dressed chemist named Yusuf K. Hamied strolled into a conference room at the headquarters of the European Commission, in Brussels. Read more »

Urgency Tempers Ethics Concerns in Uganda Trial of AIDS Vaccine

October 1st, 1998 | Posted in New York Times, Articles | No Comments
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KAMPALA, Uganda–Raphael Nawiro got up extra early one steamy morning this summer. He walked a mile from his home, then took two long bus rides until he reached Uganda's principal medical complex, the aging, overburdened Old Mulago Hospital. Read more »

At a Western Outpost of Russia, AIDS Spreads ‘Like a Forest Fire’

November 4th, 1997 | Posted in New York Times, Articles | No Comments
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KALININGRAD, Russia, Oct. 29 The young man sitting before the psychiatrist stared darkly at the wall and bit his lip to keep from crying. He had answered a dozen questions about his sexual habits and absorbed in silence a lecture about how AIDS would change his life. Read more »