South America

Science  28 Jul 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5786, pp. 484a
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5786.484a

With its bold 1996 policy to offer top-of-the-line AIDS drugs to everyone in need, Brazil catalyzed the “universal access” movement. Spurred by AIDS activists and donors, many governments in South America have followed suit. Although prevention has stumbled in many countries, Brazil, Peru, and Argentina each have had innovative campaigns, and they have also supported cutting-edge HIV/AIDS research. In part because of these efforts, the epidemic has not spread far beyond high-risk groups, although there's increasing evidence of “bridging” to the general population.

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