December #54 : Parallel Universe - by Shana Naomi Krochmal

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The AIDS Decade: The 99 Greatest Moments of the '90s

Inside Agitator

Happy Holidays?

It's 10 O'Clock. Do You Know Where Your Meds Are?

Publisher's Letter

Mailbox-December 1999

Your Money or Your Life

Mass Appeal


Parallel Universe


Syph 'N' Spin

Hot Copy

Attention, Shoppers

Where Did HIV Come From?

The Spirit of St. Louis

Splendor in the Pines

Keeping the Faith


Tenement Dreams

10,000 Hemophiliacs

Just Eat It

Food Fight

The Hit List

Compound Interest

When to Treat Hep C?

Hep Help Hurray!

The Scoop on Poop

Could You Have HAD?

Shelf Life

Vintage Gallo

Days of Wine and Doses

Less Is More

Cutting Corners

A Day Without

Catching Up With

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 1999

Parallel Universe

by Shana Naomi Krochmal

The 5,000 delegates at September’s 11th International Confer-ence on AIDS and STDs in Africa declared the epidemic’s ravages on the continent an official “state of emergency,” but they saved their harshest criticism for their nations’ leaders, most of whom skipped the five-day event, which took place in Lukasa, Zambia.

The conference ended on a collaborative note with the announcement of the “International Partnership Against AIDS in Africa,” an alliance of international organizations and African governments which will target HIV positive African teens and young adults at risk.

Days later, a truce in the South African-U.S. battle over compulsory licensing and parallel importing—which allow the use of generic (hence cheaper) versions of anti-HIV drugs—was called by Vice Presi-dent Al Gore and U.S. trade rep Charlene Barshefsky. South Africa vowed not to violate patent laws in exchange for U.S. support of the country’s efforts to make affordable meds available. Though Gore denied reports that he had previously threatened South African President Thabo Mbeki with trade sanctions if trade laws were broken, the agreement clears the veep’s campaign path of the ACT UPers and negative news dogging him all summer—at least for now, that is.

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