News Outlets Examine State Of HIV Epidemic In South Africa, Worldwide As International AIDS Conference Set To Begin In Durban 16 Years After First Held There

Global Health NOW: Return to Durban: IAS President Chris Beyrer’s Q&A, Part 1
“…Before International AIDS Society President Chris Beyrer departed for Durban, he sat down with GHN Editor-in-Chief Brian W. Simpson to share his thoughts on what to look for in the conference, the current state of the global fight against HIV/AIDS, and where things are headed. The result is this 4-part Q&A. In the first installment, Beyrer, the Desmond M. Tutu Professor in Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, contrasts the state of global HIV/AIDS during the last IAS conference in Durban in 2000 with today…” (Simpson, 7/11).

Global Health NOW: The Access Issue: IAS President Chris Beyrer’s Q&A, Part 2
“How can the global community expand treatment to the 20 million people with HIV who still don’t have it? What will it take to extend HIV prevention efforts to key populations like men who have sex with men and sex workers? International AIDS Society President Chris Beyrer discusses these and other issues in the latest installment of his Q&A with GHN Editor-in-Chief Brian W. Simpson…” (Simpson, 7/13).

Reuters: AIDS conference returns to a changed South Africa
“The South Africa that hosts a global AIDS conference next week has come a long way from the ‘AIDS pariah’ that did so 16 years ago, when then President Thabo Mbeki stunningly dismissed the link between HIV and the disease. At the epicenter of the worldwide AIDS pandemic, South Africa now boasts the largest treatment program in the world, with 3.4 million people receiving the antiretroviral (ARV) drugs that allow those living with HIV to lead normal lives. The contrast with the Mbeki era … could hardly be sharper…” (Vernon, 7/13).