November 7, 2013 at 6:40 am EST | by Staff reports
‘Mindset shift’ needed to combat AIDS
HIV, AIDS, gay news, Washington Blade

Scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1 budding from cultured lymphocyte. (Photo courtesy CDC/ C. Goldsmith, P. Feorino, E. L. Palmer, W. R. McManus)

LONDON — Stubborn infection rates and alarming growth of outbreaks in hard-to-reach populations means that AIDS continues to be a major world-wide problem and will remain so unless attitudes change, a United Nations expert was quoted as saying in a Reuters article this week.

Michel Kazatchkine, a U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe, said HIV is becoming more concentrated in marginalized groups such as sex workers, drug users and gay men, which will affect the degree to which political efforts to combat the disease will be utilized.

“If we do not address the roots of the problem, if we do not address stigma, discrimination and inappropriate legislation, if we don’t look at these people from a public health perspective, rather than from a delinquent, criminal perspective as we do now, then the trend will only go on,” Reuters quoted him as saying.

He said a “shift in the collective mindset” would be required to “deliver an end to AIDS,” the Reuters article said.

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