Global Laser Talk November 2012

Asking Someone to a World AIDS Day Event Featuring How to Survive a Plague

Engage: Hello! This is _______, and I’m calling from the local RESULTS group that sends you action alerts and information about global poverty. Thanks for the actions you’ve taken; they really do make a difference.  Do you have a couple of minutes? I’m calling to let you know that we are having an exciting event on December 1, World AIDS Day. We’ll be showing the documentary How to Survive a Plague. This film is about the activists who confronted the AIDS crisis in late 80s and early 90s. It’s really inspiring. I wanted to invite you and anyone you’d like to bring.

Problem: As you may know, we’ve come a long way since the beginning of the AIDS crisis. For example, recent research proves that we can reduce transmission of HIV by 96% if we start treatment early, before someone gets sick. The challenge is that only half the people who need treatment in the world are actually receiving it; meaning more deaths and more new cases of HIV.

Inform: But just as in the 80s and 90s, advocates can ensure that the US keeps our eye focused on ending AIDS. One way is to ensure that the US continues to provide leadership investments in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, one of the biggest providers of AIDS testing and treatment.

Call to Action: Will you join us for the film? It’s a powerful story of individuals making a difference. Afterward we’ll have a discussion about the next steps we can take to make the end of AIDS a reality.