Developed Nations Must Share Knowledge of Fighting HIV/AIDS With Developing Nations, Editorial Says
Although it is important for developed nations to offer developing nations funding and the "promise of ongoing medical research" on HIV/AIDS vaccines and treatments, it is equally important for developed countries to "shar[e] the experience and tactics they have learned while grappling with AIDS for more than two decades," a Chicago Tribune editorial says. For example, "[o]ne lesson learned in the U.S. and applicable in the developing world is to engage the people most vulnerable to the disease," such as Hispanic men who have sex with men in the United States, the Tribune says. In addition, "[s]trong and effective government" involvement in fighting the disease has been shown to "trigge[r] a chain of other favorable events," removing stigma and encouraging people to get tested, the editorial says, concluding, "It's up to the developed and developing worlds to join forces to fight one of the most formidable challenges in human history" (Chicago Tribune, 1/5).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.