Last week, Michael Weinstein of the controversial AIDS Healthcare Foundation, launched an attack on the CDC, over the it's endorsement of PrEP drugs. He published an open letter entitled "What If You Are Wrong About PrEP?" I have to ask Mr. Weinstein: What if you are wrong about the adult film industry?
While a few still wage a lonely and wasteful fight against science and progress itself, it is time to acknowledge that we finally have the opportunity to move on from a monotonous, one-way conversation and use our new tools as catalysts for serious and much-needed change.
More countries and private sector actors need to step up their contributions to HIV/AIDS if we're serious about controlling and ultimately ending the disease.
This World AIDS Day, we recognize the importance of prevention and bringing an end to this disease by knowing one's HIV/AIDS status through getting tested regularly and often. The hope for an HIV-free world rests on all of our shoulders.
On World AIDS Day in 2012, the New York City-based "artists' peace corps" Sing for Hope marked the twentieth anniversary of the classical music world's first organized response to the AIDS crisis.
We at the NAACP are focused on infusing social justice within public health and disease prevention. HIV/AIDS is a fight that we cannot afford to lose. Too much is at stake. Silence is not an option. Our collective message of social justice, HIV prevention, and frequent testing must ring throughout our homes and schools and in our barbershops, hair salons and churches.
Ensuring that all people living with HIV have access to prevention, care and treatment services must continue to be the focus of our HIV and AIDS ministries both here at home and abroad. We encourage Lutherans and Episcopalians everywhere to support efforts to provide resources towards treatment.
As we celebrate the unprecedented footing gained in ending the AIDS epidemic this, the 26th World AIDS Day, I have some alarming facts to share.
Today serves as an opportunity to remember those we have lost to HIV/AIDS and to celebrate the medical advances that have helped reduce infection rates by more than 50 percent in 13 Sub-Saharan African countries.
In Malawi, 40,000 babies are born with HIV every year. Without any intervention, two-thirds of these children will not reach their first birthday. With the use of antiretrovirals, the transmission of HIV from mother to baby can be reduced, but many times the first step towards health is through the support of the community.
The health diplomacy challenge here, as in many countries in the region, is to instigate a meaningful and ongoing dialogue between government and health authorities, which builds public confidence in the health system, one based on scientific evidence and the respect for human rights that consciously engages with civil society representatives and the wider community.
"Well you're certainly unique!" my new primary care physical tells me recently, after my first visit to his office. While my mother and I would like to think this is true across multiple aspects of my life, he was unfortunately just referring to my blood type.
I am grateful for this year's #GivingTuesday to coincide with World AIDS Day and to continue our workshops that teach children to value their own lives even when others do not. I am reminded of the valuable contribution and dedication of so many who work in the trenches across such organizations.
Immediately, my mind began racing with questions: When am I going to die? What will people think of me? If I live, am I going to be sick for the rest of my life? And what does 'sick' even mean? I was confused, upset, afraid and angry.
How many times in the history of the AIDS pandemic have we not seen what was right in front of us? If we wait until 2020 to see that the vast majority of people living with HIV are indeed 50 and older we will simply be too late.
Health care providers, human rights advocates, social workers and politicians should join forces with sex worker rights groups to create legislation and a movement to repeal laws that criminalize people engaged in sex work.