While acknowledging the “cultural context” in which many students live, Jamaican Minister of Education Andrew Holness has refused to supply students with condoms in the schools.
Arrested in 2001 for killing over 40 women and children in Swaziland, David Simelane has not been brought to trial. Women in Swaziland are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault, violence and HIV/AIDS infection.
Deeply entrenched social norms make women and girls highly vulnerable to HIV – the central tenet of PAI’s newest documentary, The Silent Partner: HIV in Marriage, which premiered in Nairobi last week.
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The change we need for the country as a whole is the change we need to fight HIV/AIDS. Let’s insist that economic stimulation and health care reform become components of a comprehensive strategy to fight HIV/AIDS, rather than being complicit with this stable epidemic that will infect another person every nine minutes on this World AIDS Day.
Based on his actions in the Bible, I’m inclined to say that Jesus would be right in the midst of the pandemic — comforting those affected by AIDS, fighting to keep others from contracting HIV, and making himself a nuisance to complacent politicians.
The institution of marriage cannot be considered a safe haven from HIV infection. In Population Action International’s new documentary, married women share their stories.
This World AIDS Day, I feel hopeful. Hopeful that a new administration will undo some of the harmful, ideologically based policies that have stifled real progress in HIV/AIDS prevention work.
In 2031, HIV will still be a reality. But if the Obama administration leads the world in promoting smart and evidence-based prevention education, it will be a disease everyone on the planet knows how to prevent.
We no longer have a non-receptive administration as an excuse to make change on HIV policy. It is no longer acceptable (was it ever?) to play it safe for fear of getting attacked on issues such as access to condoms or needle exchange.