An excellent in-depth piece from the Christian Science Monitor on South Africa’s unexpected success in controlling HIV. It follows some interesting implications of people with HIV now having near-normal life expectancy. For my taste, it dodges a few tough issues: for example, the absence of evidence that the vast amount we spend on behaviour change communication does any good and the reasons why condom use is falling in some African countries. But it handles other issues head on: is AIDS falling so fast because of a natural pattern that we see in any epidemic illness? What about the social impact of life-long management of a chronic illness? All in all, a thought-provoking read