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Medical News & Perspectives
October 24/31, 2001

Swift Action Needed to Prevent Explosive HIV/AIDS Epidemics in Asia

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JAMA. 2001;286(16):1959-1960. doi:10.1001/jama.286.16.1959-JMN1024-2-1

Some Asian countries are on the brink of a potentially explosive AIDS epidemic if they fail to take immediate measures to prevent HIV spread, according to a new report by the Monitoring the AIDS Pandemic (MAP) Network, a group of more than 100 experts from 40 nations.

"No society is secure or immune," said Bernhard Schwartlander, MD, PhD, chief epidemiologist for the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS/HIV (UNAIDS), who is a member of the MAP Network's board. Schwartlander spoke at a press briefing at the 6th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, held early this month in Melbourne, Australia.