U.S. Should Model Global HIV Programs After Successful Initiatives in Other Countries, Editorial Says
"President Bush and his advisers need to take another look at what has really worked around the world" in curbing the spread of HIV in developing countries, a Denver Post editorial says. Countries such as Uganda and Haiti have effectively reduced their HIV prevalence rates by launching widespread prevention campaigns, encouraging safer-sex practices, promoting HIV testing and fighting stigma, the Post says. In addition, Brazil has curbed the spread of HIV by increasing access to antiretroviral drugs and offering HIV education, testing and treatment programs, the editorial says. However, the "Bush administration insists that countries receiving U.S. assistance preach abstinence above all else, a stricture that makes it almost impossible to reach to impoverished, infected people who already are terrified of being abandoned by their communities," the editorial concludes (Denver Post, 12/28/05).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.