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An intriguing issue is to what extent this denialist discourse has influenced public knowledge and attitudes for the majority of South Africans not exposed to scientific debate (Robins 2004). Another is how it has been lent to the promotion not only of alternative treatments but also traditional practices. One more is the considerable impact upon opportunities for marketing for sale unregulated and unproven “alternative” products. A cursory read of the classified section of popular newspapers, like the tabloid Sun, for example, at any one time, reveals that many herbalists advertise—sometimes as many as nine times per issue—and proclaim to cure all kinds of diseases.

In order to fulfill the right of access to health care. Furthermore, in a damning view of the lack of multisectoral collaboration that had characterized responses to AIDS in South Africa, the court also requested that greater transparency was required and “regretted” that no program had been disclosed by six (all then ANC-led) of nine provincial health ministers. Indeed, to illustrate the grip of party loyalty upon national and provincial administrations, in reviewing affidavit material submitted to the court, Heywood (2003) noticed how each provincial submission had one particular spelling error exactly the same.

An array of cultural practices, some newly invented, others representing something of a “comeback”—like the practice of virginity-testing—clash uneasily with more overtly liberal human rights discourses in South Africa (Vincent 2006 and see Chapter 2). And these impulses are strong and popular in many quarters. 28 O AIDS Treatment and Human Rights in Context Perhaps a common element is the need to exert some semblance of explanation, meaning, or control amidst a catastrophe such as AIDS. 4 Why should he be so proactive in supporting that and not ARVs?

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