In Marin County, there are some 648 individuals living with HIV while in the Republic of Malawi, a country in southeastern Africa, about a million people are believed to be infected.

Despite the vast difference in the number of people affected, those fighting the disease and caring for the sick in both locations agree the biggest obstacle to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic is the stigma associated with sex.

Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance, a San Rafael nonprofit, is part of an international effort to reduce the number of HIV/AIDS cases to below epidemic levels by 2020. The alliance does most of its work in Malawi, where it employs 67 Malawians who try to identify their HIV-infected countrymen and get them to start taking antiretrovirals.

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