Fighting HIV/AIDS on the Home Front
Although much of the coverage has focused on this specific incident, others have focused on the larger picture, placing these recent events within the scope of the worldwide AIDS pandemic. One of these programs was on the UK’s Channel Four News. On the program’s webpage there’s a link to the video news report, which concludes with an informative interview with Mandisa Mbali, a South African Rhodes Scholar currently studying at Oxford University and the secretary of the university’s chapter of the Stop AIDS Society. She speaks of a growing complacency toward HIV/AIDS and the need for more public awareness campaigns that focus on preventing high risk behaviors. The report also explores the interesting ethical question of how one balances patient rights and public awareness in the midst of such an outbreak.
As the number of people living with HIV continues to grow worldwide, including in the UK and the US, it’s important to remember that HIV/AIDS is everyone’s problem, whether we’re addressing the pandemic at home or abroad.