Last night’s debate was full of memorable moments, and it left me reeling not just from what was said—but from what wasn’t. The conversation featured a total lack of substantive discussion about AIDS—yet again—and against the backdrop of distraction after distraction, there is a real risk that it remains unaddressed this debate season altogether.Read more
Last month, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte made international headlines citing Hitler and the Holocaust, saying he would happily “slaughter” three million drug addicts. But even before Duterte was elected on a dramatic anti-drug platform, the Philippines’ drug war tactics were fueling one of the fastest growing HIV epidemics in the world.
Despite more than 20 years of relatively low prevalence of HIV infection, the Philippines now has the third highest incidence of HIV, exceeding a 25 percent growth in new infections annually. Cebu City has the highest HIV prevalence rate in the country, at 7.7 percent, where sharing of drug injection equipment is the primary driver.Read more
Why $13 billion might not be $13 billion and why it’s insufficient even if it is
The Global Fund’s 5th Replenishment period has just kicked off with pledges from most of the major wealthy countries of the world. Overall, the news is positive: world leaders showed up to the pledging conference and raised more than ever before to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria in what all recognize has to be only the start, not the end, of mobilizing resources for the Global Fund over the next three years.Read more
Check out another great blog post about our experience at the International AIDS Conference in Durban over on the Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC) blog, where Nestor Rogel, a young AIDS activist from California, shares his reflections on the most impactful moments from the conference and how he’ll put it to work in his activism.