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South Africa has some of the highest HIV/AIDS infections rates in the world. And the country's ruling party, the African National Congress, and former President Thabo Mbeki spent years denying a connection between HIV and AIDS. But South Africa also has Zackie Achmat, a world renowned activist who has mobilized thousands of volunteers from America and elsewhere in the fight against AIDS. The Stanley Foundation's Kristin McHugh recently sat down with Achmat in his home for a candid discussion on the struggle against AIDS in South Africa and his own personal battle with the disease.

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