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Science  11 Jul 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6193, pp. 162-163
DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6193.162

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Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi's HIV prevention efforts have faced serious resistance from some influential Islamists in this Muslim-majority country. Her promotion of condoms has led to angry protests, and she also had to overcome loud objections to her advocating that the government adopt harm reduction strategies for people who inject drugs. In an interview with Science, Mboi explains how she won several battles over HIV prevention efforts, yet also frankly addresses the areas that still need far more attention from the government. In particular, the government has not squarely addressed the spread of HIV in men who have sex with men, a group that suffers from serious stigma and discrimination.