How shall we live, knowing the time of youthful athletic prowess is brief, knowing, as HIV/AIDS reminds us, that life is fragile, precious and short? For me, in my life, with my time, I choose not to be a victim.
Over the last 30 years, our understanding of AIDS has improved dramatically, bringing us to a point of unprecedented possibility and hope. Now is the time to build on that momentum, and end the epidemic for good.
Of great concern right now is that the remarkable progress toward ending AIDS that has been made over the past decades is being threatened by a decline in resources and the threat of budget cuts to support HIV research and services worldwide.
At the XIX International AIDS Conference coming up this week in Washington D.C., the main question will be this: Do we have the political will to finally make antiretroviral drugs available to all who need them?
The next four months are a critical time for the Administration, the International AIDS Conference, and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. We might ask a familiar question: We know what to do, but will we do it?