Community Voices

Small Victories Won – Now, Let’s Win This War

Small Victories Won – Now, Let’s Win This War

By U.S. Congresswoman Barbara LeeSince the first AIDS Conference in 2000, held right here in Durban, our battle to eradicate HIV and AIDS across the world has won many victories. Since 2010, new HIV infections have fallen by 6% and nearly half of the people living with the virus have access to antiretroviral therapy treatments. But as we return to Durban for the 2016 AIDS Conference, we know that much work still remains to win this war. In 2015, UNAIDS released a stark report finding that witho...
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Four facts you need to know: child marriage and HIV

Four facts you need to know: child marriage and HIV

By Matilda Branson, Policy Officer, Girls Not Brides With the Durban International AIDS Conference just around the corner, we’ve put together a list of four important facts you need to know on the links between child marriage and HIV. 1. Adolescent girls are disproportionately affected by child marriage and HIV Every year, 15 million girls are married before the age of 18. Although boys are sometimes married off, child marriage is driven by gender inequality and disproportionately affects girls...
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The AIDS Quilt Project: A celebration of South Africans

The AIDS Quilt Project: A celebration of South Africans

Around 4.2 million people were living with HIV in South Africa at the end of 2000 – making South Africa the country with the largest number of people living with HIV and AIDS in the world. At the time, widespread stigma and discrimination compromised the AIDS response in the country – with essential antiretroviral (ARV) treatment unavailable. The 13th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2000) played an important role in showing the devastating impact of HIV in South Africa to a world still str...
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The power of partnership in fighting the AIDS epidemic

The power of partnership in fighting the AIDS epidemic

By Dr. Huma Abbasi, General Manager, Global Health and Medical, Chevron Corporation Today, there are 36.9 million people living with HIV/AIDS and more than 95% of those living with HIV are in developing countries where access to effective health care is often challenging. In an age of unprecedented health innovation, these numbers are unacceptable. Goal 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals encourages global partnerships and cooperation of governments, organizations, business and non-profits f...
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