Last week in Durban, at the International Conference on AIDS, young people stole the show. This was the second Durban conference; the first was 16 years ago, in 2000. Back then, a major conference topic was commitment: mobilizing leaders around the world to commit seriously to addressing the spread of HIV in their countries. Looking back on our progress since 2000, the HIV and AIDS community can say with pride that we have come a long way. Seventeen million people have access to treatment. We have eliminated mother-to-child transmission in Cuba, Belarus, Armenia, Moldova and Thailand.
After twenty years, JSI’s Lauren Alexanderson recounts the factors that contributed to her diagnosis and successful treatment of osteosarcoma–a bone cancer that, under different circumstances, may have been fatal.
My AIDS2012 experience kicked off early on Sunday morning in a standing-room only session on youth living with HIV. I was floored—both figuratively and literally (I was sitting ON the floor)—by the youth who spoke so passionately about their experiences transitioning out of pediatric care and taking control of managing their health as strong, HIV-positive young adults.
You must understand basic human needs when you’re talking about HIV; for example, you can’t talk to people about prevention if they don’t have something to eat today. Organizations work the same way. Look at their hierarchy of needs; they must keep money flowing, so strengthening those systems first is essential.
Why are we blogging?
The JSI and WORLD EDUCATION CENTER for HIV and AIDS launched this blog as an effort to share more widely among our JSI and World Education staff worldwide, as well as external colleagues, reports from the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria.