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.
In July 2016, the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS released an analysis showing that donor funding for the HIV response in low- and middle-income countries declined by almost 13% between 2014 and 2015. Over the past 15 years, wealthy countries have played a critical role in helping to finance the expansion of HIV treatment, prevention and care around the world. As a result, today 17 million people living with HIV have access to the medicines they need. However, the sobering truth is that we’re still less than halfway there--20 million more people are without access to lifesaving treatment. The consequence of donor cuts at this critical time is truly death. Check out this new Health GAP fact sheet with 10 Myths & Facts about Donor Funding for the Global HIV Response.Read more
Durban Reflections: What will it take to win quality HIV treatment and prevention for key populations?
The International AIDS Conference in Durban in July provided an important moment for further debate and discussion about the challenges and barriers undermining access to services for key populations. Key population groups themselves, as well as other activists, funders, and health care providers shared best practices and strategies on service provision, and identified priorities for advocacy going forward.Read more
In April of this year, a vocal minority of governments barred several organizations representing gay men and other men who have sex with men, trans people, sex workers and people who use drugs and from around the world from participating in the United Nations High-level Meeting on HIV. A handful of UN Member States took this a step further by then blocking the inclusion of important language on addressing the epidemic among these key populations in the Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS. Both these occurrences provided yet another reminder for many activists around the world of how little progress has been made in protecting and advancing the legal and human rights of marginalized communities. These events sparked a renewed call from activists demanding that services for key populations be made a top priority of the global AIDS movement, just in time for the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa.Read more
[Originally published on Huffington Post]
For over a year, AIDS advocates across the country have been publicly challenging presidential candidates to make concrete commitments to the policies and funding needed to curb the AIDS pandemic. For an entire year, student AIDS activists questioned candidates publicly at campaign events throughout the country, prompting verbal agreements from both democratic and republican primary challengers. Starting in May, a coalition of advocates have been engaging with the Clinton, Sanders, and Trump campaigns to get agreement on a consensus statement with a range of domestic and global asks.