Why Care About AIDS?
It’s Not Over
8,000 people still die of AIDS every day, while millions more with HIV may lose a third of their life spans. The attitude that AIDS is merely a “treatable disease” risks dismissing the severity of a still growing epidemic. New treatments have improved the lives of people living with AIDS, but these treatments are not a cure, do not work for all, and their long term effects are unknown. The AIDS “stigma” also dangerously silences dialogue in communities where education, testing and treatment are critical.
It affects the fabric of your community more than you know — from newborns and orphans to teens and men and women of all walks of life. In the US, AIDS is particularly on the rise in African American and Latino communities. Programs nationwide require ongoing support to drive awareness, education, prevention, treatment and more. Abroad, AIDS is a crucial factor in developing countries where Western advances offer the most hope.
As private and public healthcare options emerge, advocacy must remain loud and clear to ensure access to and affordability of treatments.