South Africa needs an HIV/AIDS truth commission

, by Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net)

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is one of the greatest challenges facing post-democracy South Africa. In 2007, the country, which is home to less than one per cent of the world’s population, carried 17 per cent of the global burden of HIV infection — and the virus continues to spread relentlessly.

The government’s response to the epidemic during the last decade has contributed to this disproportionate burden. It not only questioned the reliability of HIV testing, the safety and efficacy of antiretroviral drugs and the accuracy of statistics on AIDS-related morbidity and mortality, but also the very premise that HIV causes AIDS. Read more