U.N. Official Calls On Russia To Put Science Ahead Of Politics, Ideology In HIV Prevention

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Michel Kazatchkine, U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

In a speech given on the opening day of the 4th Conference on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Kazatchkine said, “I want to take this opportunity to call on the Russian and regional medical and scientific community to engage in the open and evidence-based debate on preventing HIV/AIDS that for too long has not been a real confrontation between evidence and evidence, but an issue where science has taken a back seat to politics and ideology. … It is within our power alone to make different choices than have been made in the past, and to shape a more hopeful future…” (5/13).