Opinion Pieces

The Pope is in London - and the gloves are off

published: September, 19, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The article which follows is by Ben Goldacre, a science writer and psychiatrist from the UK who has made a name for himself exposing bad science. The story, sharply criticizing the pope’s stand on condoms . . . .

The Pope is in London - and the gloves are off

 . . . . appeared in the Guardian September 11, 2010.  It doesn’t mince words. In it Goldacre challenges the current Pope’s claim  - Goldacre  calls it "ludicrous" - that “the most effective presence on the front in the battle against HIV/AIDS is the Catholic church and her institutions."   Instead he labels the Pope  “a serious global public health problem." So the gloves are off. I offer the story here without comment.  "Thi

Treatment as Prevention: Pulling the Wool?

published: September, 16, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The debate over treatment as prevention is heating up. To quote last week’s news story in AIDSmap “Canadian researchers have published a large cohort study indicating that higher uptake of antiretroviral therapy might reduce HIV transmission

 . .  .  considerably  in some populations."  You can read the full article here.  Note that the headline is ”HIV Diagnoses fall as treatment expands in British Columbia”. Sounds like a cause-and-effect thing, doesn’t it? Sounds like that over on the west coast they’ve found the answer to halting the epidemic.  Or have they?   First I need to be upfront with my biases. I’m someone who finds the "treatment as prevention" issue problematic.

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