From a window table overlooking the tree-lined stretch of boutiques, bookstores, and cafes near the Stanford University campus, two professors dine on spring rolls and tom yum soup as they ruminate on life and death half a world away. Drs. Phyllis Kanki and David Katzenstein often work on opposite ends of sub-Saharan Africa, where the effect of the AIDS epidemic -- and their perspectives on it -- differs widely. Today they make time to compare notes at a small Thai restaurant in downtown Palo Alto. Their lunchtime conversation, laced with conflicting notions of hope and angst, shows how complex the state of AIDS in... More >>>