The International Conference on Aids and Sexually Transmitted Infections (ICASA), which kicked off in Cape Town on Monday, is one of many important events which will not receive the media attention it would have warranted at any other time due to the mourning for Nelson Mandela... Mandela himself had a mixed record on HIV: initially failing to meaningfully address the growing problem during his presidency, and then becoming increasingly concerned about the inaction of his successor Thabo Mbeki on the matter.

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