South African
government bars AIDS group from U.N. meeting

The South African
government has barred an AIDS activist group from
attending an upcoming United Nations meeting on AIDS, The
Washington Times reports. South Africa’s
health ministry has removed the Treatment Action
Campaign, which advocates for the distribution of
anti-HIV drugs to the nation’s HIV-positive
residents, from a list of groups invited to the U.N. General
Assembly Special Session on AIDS, set for May
31–June 2 in New York City. TAC officials say
they were barred from the event because their push for
antiretroviral treatment conflicts with the health
ministry’s position that anti-HIV drugs are
toxic. Health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has
said that the best treatment for HIV is a diet rich in
garlic and lemons. South African president Thabo Mbeki
also has publicly questioned the effectiveness of
antiretroviral drugs. South Africa is home to more
than 5 million HIV-positive people, more than any other
country in the world. (The Advocate)

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