I refer to the article entitled Immigrants In Detention Allowed Few Hours Of Fresh Air A Week (September 1).
It is a shame that Niklas Luhman of Medicines du Monde chose to attribute to Phillip Carabott, snippets of a private conversation held several months ago, which were quoted completely out of context and which unfortunately trivializes a very important issue. A sexual health policy (of which HIV/AIDS is but one detail) is too important a subject to belong to a particular individual.
It is a complex subject which requires (and has had) a multi-disciplinary approach. In fact it has yet to be finalised. The reasons for this are equally diverse and complex, and cannot be blamed on a particular person or institution.
Considering the relatively short period of time that the Genitourinary Clinic has been in operation, much has been achieved. The notification of the main diseases, modern and free treatment of the HIV disease and the training abroad of a young doctor in genitourinary medicine to ensure continuity are but a few examples.
In spite of the stated reservations, Dr Luhman can continue to count on the same help and cooperation from the Genitourinary Clinic as he has enjoyed in these last few months.