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When Bodies RememberExperiences and Politics of AIDS in South Africa$
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Didier Fassin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520244672

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520244672.001.0001

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An Epidemic of Disputes

An Epidemic of Disputes

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When Bodies Remember

Didier Fassin

University of California Press

Significant attention has been devoted, locally and internationally, to issues raised by South Africa over HIV and AIDS. Politics has taken center stage in the South African response to the AIDS epidemic with the publication of the open letter from President Mbeki. The letter states that whatever lessons may be drawn from the West about the issue of HIV/AIDS, a simple superimposition of the Western experience on African reality is absurd and illogical. An ambitious program to fight AIDS combining information programs, distribution of condoms, treatment of venereal diseases, and campaigns to stop discrimination against patients was launched. The budget initially allocated to AIDS programs amounted to only 20 million rands, but it was announced that it would soon be multiplied by five to include the international aid from the European Union and USAID. It was declared on World AIDS Day, December 1, 1997, Odi stadium, Mabopane, that dying patients willing to take responsibility for their actions should not be prevented from using the still-unapproved Virodene drug.

Keywords:   AIDS epidemic, venereal diseases, USAID, World AIDS Day, Virodene drug

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