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Nelson Mandela

One of the things that is destroying people with AIDS is the stigma which we attach to it. When a person realizes that they’re suffering from a disease in which I’m shunned by my friends, by my parents, I’m a castaway. He or she loses the determination to fight. One thing we must avoid is to allow people to lose hope in the future.

—Nelson Mandela

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is deeply concerned about the impact of AIDS, not only in South Africa but around the world. Although Mr. Mandela does not have HIV himself, he was personally impacted by AIDS when his oldest son died of it in January 2005. He has developed a Children’s Fund where he is on the front-line, fighting HIV/AIDS through education, health care and support programs. When his son died, Mr. Mandela told the world that it has to do something to fight against this disease, saying, “Let us give publicity to HIV/AIDS and not hide it.”

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