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From the World Health Organization
September 26, 2001

Health Professionals Must Confront HIV/AIDS

JAMA. 2001;286(12):1444. doi:10.1001/jama.286.12.1444

The 20th anniversary of the first diagnosis of HIV infection has come and gone. So has the razzmatazz surrounding the UN General Assembly's Special Session on AIDS in June. Headlines made when UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealed for the world to act on the global emergency AIDS represents have been superseded by other events.

It's back to business as usual. Or is it?

It must not be. The AIDS crisis is as real now as a few months ago, and it will continue to grow unless the world is constantly reminded of it and plans to stem the epidemic are turned into action.