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Bradford McKee’s lament about the overlooked persistence of the AIDS epidemic in America (“Silence = Denial,” 11/17) was a commendable attempt to speak for those who either cannot afford or do not improve with medication. He does well to remind his readers that, although the epidemic’s profile may have receded faster in the public eye than the memory of a red-ribboned Oscar ceremony, it has not receded from the lives of drug-resistant people or from “mostly black and largely poor neighborhoods.”

As someone who has seen firsthand the ongoing devastation being wreaked by AIDS in Africa, I wish that he had extended his empathy to include the estimated 25 million AIDS sufferers there, who surely merit more attention than his one glib mention of “occasional bonanzas of AIDS-in-Africa reportage.”