Can You Imagine the End of AIDS?
Imagine ending a disease that has killed 30 million people.
Thirty years ago when HIV/AIDS was discovered, a world without it was unimaginable. It was a rampant disease and there were few effective ways to control it. Globally, there are still 2.6 million new infections and 1.8 million lives claimed every year by AIDS.
In the United States 56,000 new cases occur every year, and AIDS is the leading cause of death for young African-American women. But now, thanks to stunning scientific advances, effective public health programs, and the voices of everyday people fighting for governments to support HIV treatment and prevention, the end of AIDS is not just a dream — it can be a reality — but only if we act!
We have the know-how to halt and reverse this epidemic, but we need your voice to make a difference.
Take action by joining us this July for the RESULTS International Conference
AIDS Treatment is Prevention
In 2011, a study known as HPTN 052 proved conclusively that treating HIV-positive people early with antiretroviral therapy (ART) can reduce the risk that they transmit the virus by 96 percent. By suppressing the virus, AIDS drugs not only keep people living with HIV healthy and alive, the drugs can prevent the virus from being passed on to others. The research also showed that early AIDS treatment reduced the occurrence of tuberculosis, the leading killer of people living with HIV/AIDS, by 84 percent.
The implications of the study are momentous. We now know that treatment is prevention. When used in combination with other prevention strategies, including the prevention of transmission from pregnant mothers to their children, we can turn the tide against HIV/AIDS. By starting AIDS treatment earlier, improving the quality and access of TB services, and ensuring people living with HIV/AIDS are tested for TB (and vice versa), we can reduce TB-related AIDS deaths by 80 percent by 2015. That would prevent an additional 1 million deaths.
Investing to End the Epidemic
Recent economic modeling from UNAIDS shows that investing more in treatment efforts now will reduce the cost of the AIDS response in the long run. It’s common sense — waiting to address a problem can often make it more expensive. Increasing global spending by an additional $5 billion per year by 2015 would not only save lives and prevent new infections, it would make such an impact on the epidemic that the total cost of fighting AIDS would start to decrease. However, global AIDS spending fell by 10 percent in 2010 — the first decline in a decade.
Translating Evidence into Action
Now is a critical moment to bring together evidence and activism to demand that the U.S. Government embrace the opportunity to invest now in the end of AIDS. In July, AIDS 2012 — the International AIDS Society conference — will be held in conjunction with the RESULTS International Conference, it will attract tens of thousands AIDS experts and activists. This is the global moment to generate political commitments in the fight to end HIV/AIDS.
Now is not the time to retreat, not when we possess the tools to end AIDS.
Learn more about the International AIDS Society Conference in this video
2012 will be the year we began to end AIDS.
Join us for the RESULTS International Conference.