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World AIDS Day 2013

What Next for Those Living With HIV?

Rob Stephenson | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Rob Stephenson

Just as medical and public health responses had to evolve in the 1980s as the HIV epidemic unfolded in front of them, we are now faced with this next wave of medical challenges.

Treating HIV/AIDS Globally Can Be Done

Ira Magaziner | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Ira Magaziner

In the United States and Europe, people living with AIDS received treatment to keep them alive, but there was a widely held view that treatment was too expensive and too difficult to be provided successfully in the developing world.

We Can Win the AIDS War

John Kerry | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
John Kerry

The truth is that in many ways, here at home, we've ended 1985's meaning of "AIDS as we knew it." It's not an unspoken word -- nor is it an automatic death sentence. And since PEPFAR, we're on the road to do the same globally. But now we have to end the era of AIDS -- period.

Winning the AIDS Fight; It Takes a Village

Deborah Dugan | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Deborah Dugan

The African proverb "it takes a village" is often used to describe how the upbringing of a child is the responsibility of the extended family -- a communal effort. And as there is nothing more precious than the life of a child, it's beyond justification that every day 700 babies are needlessly born with HIV. Over the past 32 years, AIDS has killed more than 35 million people, many of them children. So when it comes to looking at what it will take to win the fight to end AIDS, the saying "it takes a village" has never had more meaning.

A World in Transition: Sharing in the Responsibility for HIV and AIDS

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 01.31.2014 | World
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

We have a lot to celebrate today. And, while our work in HIV and AIDS is not over, we have a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate shared responsibility by making smart transitions, identifying strong, strategic partnerships and leveraging new opportunities that will help countries further their goals and their own responses to their epidemics.

We Can't All Be Doctors

Desmond Tutu | Posted 01.31.2014 | Impact
Desmond Tutu

We've come so far since the days of unnecessary dying, even without yours truly as a doctor. We don't need to fear diseases like HIV, malaria or TB as death sentences anymore, but challenges we have the power to overcome.

World AIDS Day, 2023

Alicia Keys | Posted 01.31.2014 | Impact
Alicia Keys

To borrow and reimagine the words of President Kennedy: We choose to end AIDS. We choose to provide access to treatment to everyone in the world living with HIV by the end of this decade, not because it is easy, but because it is hard. This is our moon shot.

What We Did

Robert Julian | Posted 01.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Robert Julian

At the insistence of terminally ill friends, we begged, borrowed, or stole opiates and sedatives, hoarding them until we had accumulated enough for a lethal dose. Sometimes it worked. When it didn't, we picked up the pillow on the bed. We allowed ourselves to become on-call murderers.

The Formula for Getting to Zero? Testing, Treating... and Talking

Harvey Makadon, M.D. | Posted 01.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Harvey Makadon, M.D.

Much has changed for LGBT equality in the short 10 years since Massachusetts became the first state to marry same-sex couples. But vestiges of the ugly past remain in the stark disparities that exist for gay and bisexual men and transgender women in their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS.

A Generation of Hope, But Not Yet a Generation Free

Nigel Barker | Posted 01.31.2014 | Impact
Nigel Barker

My goal is to return to Tanzania and visit these amazing people and clinics again. But next time I want to tell more than a story of hope through photographs -- I want to tell a story of success. Preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV is the first step toward achieving an AIDS-free generation.

World AIDS Day 2013: Prayers, Poetry, Meditations For Hope And Healing

Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion

On World AIDS Day 2013 we offer this collection of prayers, blessings, poetry and meditations. May they offer hope to those living with HIV and A...

HIV/AIDS: Why Knowing Is Everything

Posted 12.02.2013 | Impact

On World AIDS Day, it helps to know the facts -- and know your status. We've teamed up with Walgreens to show you how testing and treatment has dr...

It's World AIDS Day Weekend So Come On and "Play It Fuckin' Loud!"

Tommy Trash | Posted 01.30.2014 | Impact
Tommy Trash

There's something really powerful about seeing tens of thousands of dance fans come together not only for a festival, but to loudly and proudly show their support for the battle to end this terrible disease. It's support like this which helps move the dial; it shows governments and businesses that young people care.

Thanksgiving and World AIDS Day

Dr. Mitchell Besser | Posted 01.29.2014 | Impact
Dr. Mitchell Besser

With World AIDS Day following Thanksgiving so closely this year, let's be thankful ...

Rise Africa! We Have No Time to Lose

Jeannette Kagame | Posted 01.29.2014 | Impact
Jeannette Kagame

Today the first generation since the first incident of HIV occurred is joining the human family. We have come a long way from a time of desperation, when we were sure this epidemic would destroy our families, our countries and our continent. But we are still here -- through no coincidence or chance -- rather, because we united as a global community and refused to let future generations share the same fate as too many of our friends, parents, brothers and sisters.

Dealing a Fatal Blow to the HIV Pandemic

Dr. Mark Dybul | Posted 01.28.2014 | Impact
Dr. Mark Dybul

For the first time in history, significant scientific advances mean that we have the potential to cut HIV, tuberculosis and malaria down to low-level epidemics, something the human family could not have imagined only 10 years ago. We are not there yet, and the window of opportunity will not stay open for too long, so we need to act quickly and use wisely the tools at hand.

Actions Speak Louder: Tracking Global Progress Toward the Beginning of the End of AIDS

Erin Hohlfelder | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Erin Hohlfelder

In many ways, when scientists, activists and leaders from around the world began coalescing around the audacious vision of "the beginning of the end of AIDS" in 2011, their proclamations inspired a similar mix of hope and skepticism. Of course, getting to a turning point in this devastating, decades-long epidemic would be an incredible feat -- but was it actually possible?

Everyone Has the Right to Health

Laurindo Garcia | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Laurindo Garcia

Sadly, many governments in our region do little to invest in the communities most at risk of HIV. One wonders whether these governments would be happier to just see us dead; I say "us" because I am a gay man from the Philippines who has been living with HIV for over nine years, and our government, like many others, seems to be sitting on its hands while scores of us are dying.

My Conversation With Phill Wilson, Black AIDS Institute

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.26.2014 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

Wilson, who has lived with HIV for 34 years, says access to affordable health care is critical in the fight against HIV/AIDS. In the clip, he explains why poverty and HIV/AIDS are inextricably linked.

My Best Investment

Dato Sri Tahir | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Dato Sri Tahir

When I was boy, I dreamed of becoming a doctor. I was born in Indonesia in the early 1950's, a time when most families in my country lacked access to health care. As a result, thousands of children died each year from preventable diseases such as measles, polio and malaria.

The Story of Doris

Oliver Barker | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Oliver Barker

On our visit to the hospital we met a woman with an extraordinary story named Doris. Undiagnosed for many years, Doris had lost two of her children to HIV. Through Global Fund programs, Doris now receives the medication she needs to lead a healthy, normal life.