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International AIDS conference comes to US after more than 20 years

Charlie FeinbergGlobalPost.com

Newsrooms have been bustling with discussion of HIV/AIDS this week, as the United States prepares to host the International AIDS Conference for the first time in more than 20 years. Coverage of HIV/AIDS has swept across the country in the past few days, bringing light to a topic that the media has often kept in the dark.

Here are some recent articles.

The Boston Globe published a Q&A with Renata Simone, producer, writer, and director of “Endgame: AIDS in Black America,” a Frontline documentary that premieres Tuesday.

The Associated Press provided a prelude to the AIDS Conference in Washington and discussed the advances and challenges to making “an AIDS-free generation” a reality

Read more from GlobalPost's own Special Report, "AIDS: A Turning Point," which launched in June.

The New York Times ran a piece on July 7 about the deteriorating coffin making industry in Lesotho. Coffin makers, writes Nicholas Kristof, is running low on business, because of lowered AIDS rates in southern Africa.

Voice of America
discusses the need for new strategies in reducing stigma and improving treatment of HIV/AIDS in developing countries.

The Atlantic published a story that questioned the accuracy of the newly FDA-approved over-the-counter HIV test.

Foreign Policy blog announced the release of a paper that looks at countries where HIV transmission is considered a crime.

NPR.org launched a series called “AIDS: A Turning Point,” which has included pieces about the fight against AIDS in Kenya, Botswana, Haiti, and the US. Stories in the series have aired on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, and Fresh Air.