There has been a renewed debate over whether AIDS deserves an exceptional response. I and a previous HEARD visiting scholar Julia Smith, argued in Globalization and Health that AIDS is having differentiated impacts depending on the scale of the epidemic, and population groups impacted, and so responses must be tailored accordingly. AIDS is exceptional, but not everywhere. This article sets out my position far better than the Observer did. It is drawn from a paper written for UNAIDS earlier this year.
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