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Those most at risk of HIV are still fighting to be heard. But there's a lot we can learn from the fight against HIV.
In his recently released book GetUp Standup! HIV activist Mark Heywood argues there’s a considerable amount the fight against corruption can learn from Aids advocates.
In the early 2000s, the HIV lobby group, the Treatment Action Campaign, took the government to court to force it to provide free antiretroviral treatment to HIV-infected pregnant women. The treatment drastically reduces the chances of pregnant women infecting their babies with the virus. But, today, Heywood says, a lack of accountability and representation of those among which HIV is spreading the fastest, is hampering the fight against the virus.
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