Paging Dr. Gupta…

On October 20, 2008, in global health, HIV/AIDS, United States, by Karen Grepin

People who know me well, know that I love to make fun of Dr. Sanjay Gupta. I find his stuff a bit over the top – like when he gets emotional and gives his North Face puffy jacket to a boy in Pakistan following the earthquake (groan!). But he does do good journalism, and he does know his stuff.

His recent coverage of the presidential nominee’s stance on HIV/AIDS is really good. He makes some really important points: the US spends 10 times as much on HIV/AIDS abroad as it does at home, while the US requires recipient countries to have a national HIV/AIDS strategy yet it does not have one itself, and that HIV prevalence rates in Washington is probably higher than the capital cities of many of the countries we send money to…Have a look.

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