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South African government turns its back on AIDS denial

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Hot on the heels of the resignation of President Thabo Mbeki – and the removal of his notorious Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, the South African government has drawn a line under the era of AIDS denial that began soon after Mbeki’s accession to the Presidency in 1999.

President Motlanthe’s new Health Minister, Barbara Hogan, who was reportedly one of the few MPs to speak out on HIV and AIDS during Mbeki’s time in office, made a speech at an international AIDS vaccine conference in Cape Town in which she stated unequivocally that HIV causes AIDS, and that time had been lost in the struggle against the disease.

Written by Richard Wilson

October 15, 2008 at 6:00 am

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  1. Oh boy (Ty looks both ways), are the denialists on their way over here yet?

    Tyson Koska

    October 15, 2008 at 4:17 pm

  2. Shhhhh… I was hoping that this might slip through un-noticed while they’re still busy flaming on the New Statesman piece (165 comments and counting…)

    Richard Wilson

    October 15, 2008 at 5:07 pm

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