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Experts from global institutions, governments and nongovernmental organizations at a recent international symposium in Tokyo called for a worldwide political and social commitment, supported by sufficient financial aid, to combat AIDS, calling it one of the biggest threats to mankind in the new century.

Twelve speakers and panelists told the forum held Oct. 2 at Keio University that broad, concerted efforts, including education and enhancement of community mechanisms, as well as funding for medicine, equipment, and health-care services, require strong political leadership.

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