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Tomorrow is World AIDS Day

Posted Nov 30 2009 12:00am

Tomorrow, December 1, is World AIDS Day. Let us remember that HIV/AIDS remains an issue the world over 364 other days of the year.

Promising treatments have extended the survival of people in the wealthiest nations of the world but, where available, are only starting to have an effect in poorer nations.

Canada’s promise to make cheaper generic drugs more accessible to poor countries is a law on the books but the medicines have not been rolled out. This is unacceptable. Nothing makes people with HIV/AIDS in rich nations more deserving of treatment than those in poor countries.

What kind of difference can these medications make, even with children seemingly in the late stages of HIV/AIDS? Annie Lennox doesn’t just sing!

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