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.
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.
The new AIDS data — indicating that the number of cases of HIV worldwide is not as high as previously estimated — must be seen as a call to vigilance.
In India, the number of HIV infections may be substantially lower than estimated, but the country still has a huge amount of prevention and destigmatization to do.
Recognizing the unique circumstances of children whose lives have been directly impacted by HIV, a number of worthwhile initiatives have been launched in Jamaica to address the issue.
On this World AIDS Day, the focus is on prevention justice, a paradigm shift in understanding the epidemic: HIV transmission is a social condition that requires systemic change.
We must all start living like every day is World AIDS Day.
World AIDS Day offers an opportunity to raise awareness about changes that PEPFAR desperately needs — like reforming the ABC approach, the anti-prostitution pledge, and the one-third earmark for abstinence-until-marriage programs.