Food for thought on climate policy.


AIDS Prevention Plans Must Refl ect Local Values IN HIS NEWS STORY “NO OPIATE SUBSTITUTES for the masses of IDVs” (special section on HIV/AIDS in Europe, 9 July 2010, p. 165), J. Cohen summarized an interview with me as follows: “Alexey Mazus, head of the citysponsored Moscow Centre for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment, articulates the government position—which he shares—and makes it clear that he strongly objects to other countries criticizing his country’s stance toward harm reduction. ‘It’s not their business what’s going on in the Russian Federation,’ says Mazus.” I would like to emphasize that I was expressing my personal opinion and that I am not in an offi cial capacity to articulate the government position. Moreover, this quote misrepresents my views. Contrary to what was ascribed to me, I think that the global AIDS epidemic in general and epidemics in any particular country, including Russia, are everybody’s business and that the response to those epidemics should be discussed, praised, and criticized. However, it is true that I strongly disagree with the idea that prevention programs must be consistent across countries. Local circumstances, ethics, and cultural values must be taken into account, as was stated in the Declaration of the 2006 UN General Assembly special session on HIV/AIDS. In my opinion, harm reduction measures cannot be effective in Russia, and I cannot agree with the pressure on Russia to adopt this program based on the fact that it was effective in some other countries. In this case, my opinion coincides with the Russian state policy, but I speak only as an expert on HIV and AIDS epidemics in Russia. ALEXEY MAZUS

DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6026.173-a

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@article{Subhadra2011FoodFT, title={Food for thought on climate policy.}, author={Bobban G Subhadra}, journal={Science}, year={2011}, volume={332 6026}, pages={173} }