December #66 : The Viral Lowdown: African AIDS Under a TAC

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The Viral Lowdown: Can You Believe What She Says?

The Viral Lowdown: Say What

The Viral Lowdown: Word Is Out For New HIVers

The Viral Lowdown: Dishing Out the Denial

The Viral Lowdown: Pharma Flubs Phase IV

The Viral Lowdown: Lack of Leadership Leaves Latinos In Lethal Lurch

The Viral Lowdown: Mystery: Partially Positive

The Viral Lowdown: Prison Death Prompts Probe

The Viral Lowdown: African AIDS Under a TAC

The Viral Lowdown: All Dolled Up: Rx Abuse High Among Gay HIVers


The Viral Lowdown: If Not Now, When? If Not Us, Who?

The Viral Lowdown: News Flash: The Sky Isn't Falling!

The Viral Lowdown: HIVers in Hock to Homophobia

Tales of the (Safer Sex) City

Clean, Sober...and Medicated?

The Secret Plot to Destroy African Americans


The Art Of Living

Summit, Some More

Channel Surfing

Shout Out

Lights! Camera! Handcuffs?

Quick Picks

Life Is Sweet

Packing Meat, Just Barely

A Cell of One’s Own


Doing AIDS Justice

Petal Pusher

Carry On, MP

Milk Got You?

Comfort Zone

Big Science Kicker

Herb Of The Month

Protease Progeny

It Takes Guts

Between A Recovery And A Hard Place

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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December 2000

The Viral Lowdown: African AIDS Under a TAC

Treatment activists make HIVers mad

The Africa according to Newsweek and Nightline is not only ravaged by AIDS (true) but entirely peopled by homeless, barefoot and hungry HIV positive orphans who will never live to see puberty (false). Despite a barrage of recent coverage that culminated in the media circus at Durban's world AIDS conference, the prevailing images of AIDS-stricken Africans have further congealed the continent-as-catastrophe stereotype, leaving Westerners sitting on their hopeless hands. To oversimplifiers of the Fourth Estate, the Treatment Action Campaign, a.k.a. TAC, has something to say. In two years, the group has grown from 10 members to a national coalition of 2,000 -- by putting South Africa in touch with its AIDS anger. Inspired by successful AIDS control in Senegal, Uganda and Zambia, TAC's mission is to "campaign against the view that AIDS is a 'death sentence.'" In its steep battle to stop new infections and ensure access to HIV treatment in South Africa, there's little that TAC doesn't take on, from mother-to-child prevention to lawsuits against the health minister. "Before us, most South Africans didn't know that AIDS can and should be treated," TAC's chairperson Zackie Achmat said. "Now people are aware of pharmaceutical profiteering and government corruption. And they've joined in this fight."

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