Stefano Bertozzi

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Gates Fdn’s Bertozzi: Three things make this World AIDS Day different | 

It’s World AIDS Day, a day we’ve been marking for decades. Millions of people are still dying of AIDS every year, two people still getting infected every day for every person put on treatment.

But this year, it’s different.

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Stefano Bertozzi

“It’s night and day, at least when it comes to prevention,” said Dr. Stefano Bertozzi, director of HIV and tuberculosis programs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “The landscape has shifted dramatically.”

Progess has been made in reducing the rate of new HIV infections through education, safe sex campaigns and the like. The world community has succeeded in getting more people on life-saving treatments. But the pandemic continues worldwide, with numbers (33 million infected, nearly 2 million dying every year) that are daunting if not mind-numbing. Continue reading

What Now? Global Fund Falls Short | 

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It was funny — strange, not ha-ha — to see how coverage of the Global Fund meeting this week was first reported largely as a positive development, then evolved into an arguably more accurate but negative picture of the rich world short-shrifting the poor and then just as suddenly died off as a news story.

I decided to ask three people — a South African activist, the head of HIV/AIDS for the Gates Foundation and a leading advocate for the Global Fund — to help me figure out where we are and where we are headed. Continue reading