An entire country is outraged over a very young father. Instead of looking for someone to blame, we should all realize: abstinence-only has failed young people.
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.
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.
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.
HIV/AIDS is more than just an epidemic and HIV-positive people are much more than victims of the disease. They have desires, hopes and dreams that transcend social and ethnic barriers.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee spoke out forcefully at the International AIDS Conference on policy reforms including defunding abstinence-only programs, authorization of the REAL Act, support for clean needle exchange programs, and the creation of a domestic PEPFAR.
Young Mexican gay rights and AIDS activist Rodrigo Olin’s charge to his fellow Mexicans was a charge to all of us to hold our governments accountable to the promises they make toward achieving better outcomes in the fight against the AIDS pandemic.
African and African-American youth are almost nowhere to be found at the IAC. This lack of representation was extremely surprising considering that sub-Saharan Africa is widely recognized as the most HIV affected and infected region in the world.
At the Mexico City Youth Force Pre-Conference, we are readying ourselves to fight the battle against HIV and AIDS as our generation matures.
Many people, queer-identified or not, assume that the term “transgender” refers only to specific individuals who have sexual reassignment surgery, but that is not the case.