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Former President Bill Clinton Cites Need to Fight AIDS Stigma


Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has said eliminating the stigma of AIDS and fighting discrimination against the world's poor will do a lot to combat the disease.

Mr. Clinton spoke Monday at the 16th International AIDS Conference in Toronto.

He told delegates more people would be tested for the disease if there were an aggressive effort to reduce its stigma and a guarantee that infected people would receive proper treatment.

Mr. Clinton said most people infected with HIV in rich countries do not die of AIDS. He said it is unacceptable that most of its victims in poor countries do die from it.

A recent United Nations report said 25 million people have died from AIDS related sicknesses during the past 25 years. The report estimated 39 million people worldwide are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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