For instance, when advocates first heard of the new $40 million in U.S. funds to fight AIDS in South Africa — which was announced Monday by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton — there was great excitement, said Ms. Ford. Then people learned it was for a circumcision program, not testing and treatment.
“We are not going to be silenced and go away,” said Ms. Ford. The first way to keep the promise about ending AIDS “is that you show up,” she said. “Sending a video message is not showing up. And it’s not leadership from the United States of America. We are asking the president to please engage and make AIDS a priority.”
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Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor. Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...
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