Death By Denial

23 Million Africans Infected By HIV And AIDS

To many Americans, the worst of the AIDS crisis is in the past. Fewer Americans are dying from it, more are living with it, and there are new drug treatments for those who can afford them.

But halfway around the world, it's a different story. Every minute, 11 people in the world are infected with HIV. Eight of those people live in sub-Saharan Africa.

Right now, AIDS has infected 23 million Africans - and it shows no signs of stopping there. New strains of HIV and diseases brought on by HIV are showing up in Asia, Europe and America.

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For the past five months, Ed Bradley and 60 Minutes II followed the story of AIDS in Africa, and traveled into some of the far reaches of that continent, where the disease has cut the deepest scars.

In South Africa, A Problem Grows: Every day 1,600 people are infected with HIV in South Africa. Yet the country's president refuses to accept the fact that HIV causes AIDS.

In Zimbabwe, The Crisis Worsens: Zimbabwe's leader, Robert Mugabe, spends millions to fight a faraway war. At the same time, a quarter of the country's population may have HIV.

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In Uganda, A Leader Creates Hope: Uganda has fashioned an effective prevention campaign. But without expensive drugs, even this success story hs trouble fighting HIV and AIDS.