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Book and Media Reviews
August 16, 2006

Global AIDS Activism

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(7):869-873. doi:10.1001/jama.296.7.870-b

This inspiring book chronicles the birth and expansion of the global AIDS treatment activist movement—a movement that refuses to accept that people with HIV in the developing world should be left to die. Drugs Into Bodies clearly demonstrates how a small but growing group of activists banded together to fight for the improvement of universal access to HIV treatment. These activists forged a global network to combat the AIDS crisis in Africa and throughout the developing world by promoting access to effective and affordable HIV treatments. They defied the dictates of globalization, altered government policies, shamed multinational corporations, secured funding for treatment, and brought hope to millions of people.

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