Free AIDS Drugs

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, called for free universal access to AIDS drugs and therapy and insisted this begin by giving antiretroviral drugs to H.I.V.-positive pregnant women. “We cannot continue to tolerate the deaths of so many mothers; we cannot think of thousands of babies as a lost generation,” said Cardinal Bertone on June 22, speaking at a conference in Rome on preventing mother-to-child transmission of H.I.V., sponsored by the lay Community of Sant’Egidio. The community runs Dream, a free AIDS prevention and treatment project operating in 10 African nations. Cardinal Bertone said the results of Dream and research by the World Health Organization “confirm that universal access to care is achievable, scientifically proven and economically feasible.” According to Sant’Egidio, 60 percent of those living with H.I.V.-AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa in 2010 were women, and AIDS was the leading cause of death in women of childbearing age.

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

A group of lay theologians and clergy opposed “Amoris Laetitia” have released a letter “correcting” Pope Francis, part of an ongoing effort directed against the pope’s focus on pastoral outreach to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.
America StaffSeptember 23, 2017

The martyrdom of Blessed Stanley Francis Rother "fills us with sadness but also gives us joy to see the kindness, generosity and courage of a great man of faith," Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, said Sept. 23 in Oklahoma City.

Catholic News ServiceSeptember 23, 2017
Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario, the archbishop of Dhaka, has described the recent attack on the Rohingya community in Myanmar, as “a crime against humanity.”
Gerard O'ConnellSeptember 23, 2017
This year the Grand Bargain on refugees seems increasingly fragile.
Kevin ClarkeSeptember 22, 2017