Commentaries Continue in Wake of World AIDS Day
Editorials commenting on last Friday's World AIDS Day continue to be featured in news sources across the county. Several are listed below:
- Although "a land where more than a third of the population is infected with a lethal and incurable virus ... [s]ounds like an apocalyptic science fiction movie," an editorial in the Detroit Free Press notes that "this is the real and awful situation today in African nations ravaged by AIDS." The editorial adds that AIDS has also rapidly spread in Russia and Eastern Europe, and has "only been held in check -- not destroyed -- in individuals who have access to costly drug cocktails that are not available to the bulk of its victims." The editorial continues to say that although the United Nations estimates that $3 billion per year is needed for a "substantial and lasting impact," international contributions to fight AIDS have amounted to less than $400 million. "Much of that comes from America, but the whole amount wouldn't even make the top 25 among U.S. defense contracts," the editorial concludes (Detroit Free Press, 12/4).
- Responding to the UNAIDS World AIDS Campaign slogan, "Men Make a Difference," an editorial in Newsday says that "[t]hey certainly do. Condoms are a crucial element in prevention. So are men who behave responsibly toward women." However, the