It's Friday. Alan is telling everyone that "we still haven't talked about the fundamental misunderstanding in Africa over the basic facts of AIDS." Nimbala disagrees. Alan says, "A week ago you people stood up and said that AIDS has only a casual relationship to HIV." Through his interpreter, Nimbala says, "I'm not sure to whom you are referring when you say, 'you people,' but it was President Mbeki of South Africa who said that, and not anyone in this room." Alan responds, "If tomorrow we made AIDS medication free to every patient in your country, as much as they needed for as long as they needed it, it would likely make very little difference in the spread of the epidemic." Josh asks, "Why?" Well, because treating people who are already infected isn't going to keep other people from contracting the disease. Those are two different problems. Based on what follows, I think Alan meant to say that offering free medication would make little difference in the mortality rate. Let's assume that's what he said, and then Josh asked, "Why?" because otherwise this conversation makes no sense. Play along. So, Spokesman #2 answers, "The HIV drugs are a triple cocktail. It's a complicated regimen that requires ten pills to be taken every day at precise times. Two protease inhibitors every eight hours, two combination RTI pills every twelve hours." Josh still doesn't get it, and no one wants to explain further. Toby finally steps up and explains, "They don't own wristwatches. They can't tell time." Alan says, "We agree that something must be done. But we don't think we're culprits, and we don't think there is an easy or obvious solution. And we think you should be aware of the dangers involved in some of the proposals made here today." What proposals? What dangers? Does anyone else get the feeling that large portions of this episode were cut for time? Toby sighs, and asks if they can speak to Nimbala privately.
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