THE 1990s brought democracy to South Africa – but also an explosion in HIV infections. More than 1.5 million of my country’s 38-million population were infected with HIV when apartheid ended and Nelson Mandela came to power in 1994. By 2000, 1 in 5 pregnant women were HIV-positive, with about 70,000 infected babies born each year.
Under Mandela, I had been on the side of the government. I was drafting South Africa’s plan to
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