The Cost of Casual Silence (HIV summit at USC)
HIV-AIDS in Los Angeles
China and India have been slow to recognize a disease that's infecting tens of millions of people, but today, they both made public commitments to increase awareness. In Africa, some governments are actively fighting against AIDS, while others are stalling. Antonio Costa, who runs the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime said today, "The world can no longer afford to ignore the enormity of the HIV epidemic," saying it's time "to strike back at a killer that is transmitted by drug use and sex, as well as by ignorance and denial." In the US, AIDS does not get the headlines it did in the 1990's, but the epidemic is by no means over. On this World AIDS Day, we talk to doctors, AIDS workers and public officials for an update on how AIDS is developing here in Southern California.