Thirty years ago, the world woke up to the threat of HIV & AIDS and made a plan to fight back.
We were at crisis point but, with the backing of Governments and charities across the world, we came back from the brink.
New infections fell by 38% and many young people now know that if they do contract HIV, it is no longer a death sentence. Our hard work is starting to pay off.
Last year, as part of the Global Goals process, the world decided that ending AIDS altogether by 2030 is a possibility. We think so too. But only if we step it up again.
Governments and charities have got complacent. The number of young people dying from HIV & AIDS has tripled since 2000 and it is now the second biggest killer of adolescents in the world.
It’s time to fight back once again.
We know what we have to do. We have the tools, like condoms and anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) to do it. Promising to end AIDS in the Global Goals agreement is one thing but making it a reality is another.
This World AIDS Day it’s time to stand up and make sure our leaders know that we want them to make their promises a reality.
We can beat AIDS, but It Ain’t Over.