Celebrating Achievement, Celebrating Opportunity

Today, effective HIV prevention and treatment methods are available to more people around the world than ever before, however challenges in the fight to end the epidemic and improve the lives of people living with HIV still lie ahead. On World AIDS Day, JSI’s Andrew Fullem celebrates the opportunities to continue global progress toward an AIDS-free generation.

What will Melbourne be remembered for?

Andrew Fullem, Director of the JSI and World Education Center for HIV & AIDS, breaks down the main themes and calls to action of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Andrew Fullem: I began working in HIV when…

I can’t remember a time that HIV hasn’t been present in my life. As a closeted adolescent in the early 1980s, news of this mysterious illness killing homosexuals, Haitians, hemophiliacs and heroin users (the 4 Hs) spread at about the same time I began a process of accepting, becoming comfortable with and embracing this part of my identity.

JSI, World Education and Bantwana staff look forward to the 2012 International AIDS Conference

The International AIDS Conference is always a significant event for all of us at JSI, World Education and Bantwana who have dedicated their work to addressing the HIV epidemic. Through the course of the weeklong conference, we have the opportunity to catch up with colleagues, meet new colleagues, share our excellent work in a global setting, and learn about what others are doing.

At Last

It is deceptively simple: a glossy white cover with gold letters, the seal of the President, and some words on paper. This is the first time in nearly three decades that the United States, one of the leaders in HIV, has a national strategy to address the epidemic. On this day, take a moment to celebrate this profound achievement. Read the strategy. We are all reflected in it. We all have a place.