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3 In the same speech, biological warfare programs in “developed” countries were identified as responsible for the AIDS virus. Similarly, during some fieldwork in Zambia, it was not uncommon to encounter comments from people living with AIDS that they had initially believed “whites” had created AIDS (Jones 2007). ” In this context, a mother told me about how her distrust of ARVs had led her and her husband to withhold treatment from their sick daughter in preference to traditional remedies. Shortly afterwards, the child died.
The minister’s predilection for promoting apparent “African alternatives” to ARVs results in it getting its own chapter in the comprehensive plan. This is often in stark contrast to the treatment literature produced by the minister’s own department of health (in partnership with other organizations). ”18 There is a national discourse taking place on the role of ARVs and alternative, or complementary, treatment of AIDS. This permeates from the upper echelons of state and to the local Shabeen. In 2006, the sensational court case concerning rape allegations against Jacob Zuma, since elected leader of the ANC, captured the imagination of the country for many reasons.
There remains a need for such models in the era of AIDS treatment” (Leclerc-Madlala 2006). This book seeks to fill in some of this broader context comprising treatment behavior. It does so by documenting and analyzing such “downstream” factors in order to unpack some of the subtleties and nuances to ARV rollout from the point of view of people living with AIDS themselves. And, moreover, it places access to ARVs in relation to a specific nation-building, service-delivery, and community setting. Indeed, the interface between patients and locally embedded institutions is a vital, yet hitherto ignored, arena governing access to treatment and services more generally (Chapter 4).
AIDS Treatment and Human Rights in Context by Peris S. Jones (auth.)