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Thursday, November 30, 2006

25 years of AIDS: global voices

It's been 25 years since the start of the AIDS epidemic. In that time the number of those infected with HIV has grown to a staggering 40 million worldwide.

What was once a fatal disease is now a treatable condition, but advocates say more needs to be done to protect the rights of those infected - ­ from universal access to treatment to the elimination of the stigma, which so often accompanies the disease.

This week on Making Contact, a special collaboration with Human Rights Watch, we'll hear stories from positive people and activists in the places worst hit by the epidemic.


Loon Gangte, President, Delhi Network of Positive People (DNP+); Father JP Heath, Secretary General of the African Network of Religious Leaders Living with AIDS (ANARELA); Rolake Odetoyinbo, Program Director, Positive Action for Treatment Access (PATA ­ NIGERIA); Grace Sediou, Founder, Bomme-Ifago Association, Botswana; Beatrice Were, Ugandan AIDS activist; Andriy Klepikov, Director, International AIDS Alliance, UKRAINE; Alan Clear, Director, Harm Reduction Coalition; Joe Amon, Director, HIV/AIDS program, Human Rights Watch.

Producer/Host: Pauline Bartolone

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For more information:

Delhi Network of Positive People (DNP+)
(a project of American Jewish World Service)

Father JP Heath
African Network of Religious Leaders Living with AIDS (ANARELA)

Positive Action for Treatment Access (PATA ­ NIGERIA)
20B, Brown Road,
Aguda, Surulere,

International AIDS Alliance, UKRAINE

Harm Reduction Coalition 22 West 27th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001
212-213-6376; Fax: 212-213-6582

HIV/AIDS program, Human Rights Watch
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor
New York, NY 10118-3299 USA
212-290-4700; Fax: 212-736-1300

Journalists Against AIDS, NIGERIA.

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