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Malaysia tries to follow Australia's path

Science  11 Jul 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6193, pp. 164-165
DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6193.164

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Adeeba Kamarulzaman, a leading HIV/AIDS researcher who is the dean of the faculty of medicine at the University of Malaya, studied in Australia from the time she was in high school, and, when she returned home to Malaysia, successfully lobbied the government to import harm reduction strategies that had worked there. Although many Malaysians are afraid to confront their government, Kamarulzaman has repeatedly pushed for evidence-based reforms, regardless of the political sensitivities. As transmission has shifted primarily from drug users sharing equipment to sexual transmission, she is now advocating for prevention and treatment efforts that target some of the most highly stigmatized groups in the country, including men who have sex with men, transgenders, and sex workers.