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Getting HIV/AIDS accepted on the political agenda

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 19 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:516
  1. Nigel O'Farrell, consultant in genitourinary medicine (
  1. Jefferiss Wing, St Mary's Hospital, London W2 1NY

    EDITOR—The editorial by Nicoll and Godfrey-Fausett points out that Commonwealth countries have a disproportionate burden of the HIV and tuberculosis epidemics.1 Of the eight countries with the highest prevalences of HIV, seven—Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, and Swaziland2—are members of the Commonwealth. In none of these countries is the HIV epidemic recognised at the highest government level, despite the predictions, now being borne out, that illness and mortality associated with HIV will be a considerable drain on …

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