Mapping Pathways is a multi-national project to develop and nurture a research-driven, community-led global understanding of the emerging evidence base around the adoption of antiretroviral-based prevention strategies to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The evidence base is more than results from clinical trials - it must include stakeholder and community perspectives as well.

06 May 2011

Tutu: South Africa No Longer Embarrassed Over HIV/AIDS Policies

via Associated Press, by Thandisizwe Mgudlwa

Cape Town's former Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu said Tuesday that South Africa has changed its AIDS policy and no longer should be ashamed of its policies to combat the epidemic.

"For many years we were embarrassed in international gatherings for what we were not doing in fighting AIDS. We therefore thank the Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi for the change in policy," said Tutu, who is officially retired but still working to bring peace and progress to the world.

In 2009, President Jacob Zuma pledged an ambitious testing and treatment campaign and more vigorous anti-AIDS efforts. Motsoaledi leads the campaign, and has been praised by AIDS activists who had repeatedly clashed with a previous health minister who promoted beets and garlic as AIDS treatment and questioned the link between HIV and AIDS.

"We are definitely joining hands with the rest of the world in the fight against HIV/AIDS. I think we will win," said Motsoaledi, who joined Tutu at a U.N. conference devoted to getting a new generation of activists involved in spreading the message about preventing AIDS.

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