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Jonny Steinberg on AIDS in South Africa

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Jonny Steinberg on AIDS in South Africa
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AIDS in South Africa: Fighting Stigma, Superstitions and Cultural Misunderstandings with Jonny Steinberg.At the heart of South Africa?s AIDS crisis lays not only a medical obstacle but a cultural one as well. Jonny Steinberg, author of Sizwe's Test, traces the inner struggles and the mixed feelings of shame, pride, and stubborn hope associated with those infected by HIV.Offering a window onto the complex set of realities, Steinberg asks why would a successful man who lives within walking distance of treatment refuse to be tested for HIV? His exploration reveals the superstitions, stigmas, and rampant cultural misunderstandings - between Western medicine and African healing traditions - that hinder the efforts to combat the spread of AIDS.Steinberg will join the Council to explore the perspectives of those who are infected, those who are trying to help, and those who reject any help offered to them - World Affairs Council of Northern Californiamoreless
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