“Stepping up the pace” is the short yet poignant theme of the 20th International AIDS Conference, which is taking place July 20–25 in Melbourne, Australia. The world has seen tremendous progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS over the last decade, documenting huge advances in treatment effectiveness, access to affordable drugs, and ways to prevent further transmission of the deadly virus. Because of what the world has collectively done to tackle the disease, being diagnosed with HIV today is no longer an inevitable – and early – death sentence.
But the AIDS community continues to face many challenges. Funding for vital treatment and programs is flatlining and millions of people remain unaware that they’re infected with the virus. Some of the world’s leading AIDS researchers and activists lost their lives last week on the way to the conference. To honor their work, I’d like to highlight places that have truly “stepped up the pace” against HIV. [Read more...]