Affirming Love, Avoiding AIDS. What Africa Can Teach the West
MATTHEW HANLEY JOKIN DE IRALA
WITH A FOREWORD BY EDWARD C. GREEN
Future historians of the AIDS era will puzzle over and debate the reasons why spending ten billion dollars annu- ally by 2007 seemed to have so little effect on global HIV infection rates. Specifically, when dealing with a disease that can be so easily prevented, why did efforts not go toward changing the behaviors that drive HIV epidemics, namely, having many sexual partners (especially those that are concurrent), the injection of mood-altering drugs, prostitution, and intercourse among homosexual men? Future historians will rightly conclude that special-inter- est groups presided over the rise of a vast multi-billion- dollar enterprise and focused it almost exclusively on the distribution of medical devices and drugs.