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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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The Embodiment of the World

The Embodiment of the World

(p.173) Five The Embodiment of the World
When Bodies Remember

Didier Fassin

University of California Press

A meeting of the AIDS Consortium was held in Johannesburg at the headquarters of COSATU, the Congress of South African Trade Unions on March 30, 2004. The organization, which united most of the NGOs that have been combating AIDS in South Africa over previous years, is dominated by the National Association of People Living with AIDS (NAPWA) and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). TAC is more urban and international and has a relatively small number of Africans in its most visible avant-garde, whereas NAPWA is more representative of the country overall, including rural areas, and is firmly anchored nationally, with a large majority of African patients. A complete turnabout in policy on the part of the mining industry took place in 2001 when Anglo Platinum and De Beers, the two largest South African platinum and diamond companies, respectively, declared that they had decided to implement prevention, testing, and care programs using a “global” approach careful to respect “anonymity” and to fight against “discrimination.”

Keywords:   AIDS Consortium, discrimination, AIDS, Treatment Action Campaign, antiretroviral therapy

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