Former South African President Mbeki Reignites Criticism Over Views On HIV/AIDS

Associated Press: Former South African president criticized for AIDS comments
“…Now [South Africa’s former] leader, Thabo Mbeki, faces fresh scrutiny for defending his old pronouncements about the disease. … Mbeki, who had questioned the link between HIV and AIDS, said in a Monday post on his foundation’s website that nutrition was critically important and that antiretroviral drugs, or ARVs, should be used ‘with great care and caution’…” (Torchia, 3/8).

Health24: Thabo Mbeki is a coward and his AIDS denialism was catastrophic — TAC
“… ‘The impact of Mbeki’s AIDS denialism was catastrophic,’ the [Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)] said in statement in response to the former statesman’s letter, which forms part of a series of letters attempting to reframe Mbeki’s presidency. The letter, titled ‘A brief commentary on the question of HIV and AIDS,’ comes seven and a half years after Mbeki was forced to step down as president of South Africa…” (3/9).

Newsweek: Ex-South African President Thabo Mbeki Stands By Controversial HIV Comments
“Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has reignited controversy surrounding his views on HIV/AIDS by stating that he ‘stands by’ everything he said on the issue while in office…” (Gaffey, 3/8).

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