[Correspondence] False and real, but avoidable, dichotomies – Authors’ reply
We agree with Gorik Ooms and colleagues that the dichotomies we discussed in our Viewpoint1 are artificial and avoidable. We call these dichotomies false not because they do not exist, but because they are not genuine or true, which is another meaning of this adjective. They are real and have had very negative consequences. The divide between the proponents of the vertical and the horizontal approaches to dealing with the HIV/AIDS challenge, which Ooms and colleagues refer to, was indeed gruelling.