Have you been following the conversation around the International AIDS Conference this week? It’s a major event for those working in the field of HIV.
20,000 representatives from science, academia, government, nonprofit, human rights, and advocate groups have descended upon Washington DC to assess the current state of the epidemic, discuss new research data, and look at emerging innovations. So far, the newsmakers have indeed been busy.
So, what does the conference mean for you?
Well, it’s a good reminder to us all that the AIDS epidemic is far from over. More than 34 million people are now living with HIV worldwide, with 2.5 million new infections in 2011 alone.
It’s also a time to note the incredible progress that’s been made. 8 million people now have access to lifesaving treatment in developing countries. And the cost of this treatment has fallen 99 percent in the last decade.
But most of all, the AIDS Conference is a chance to ask what you can do to help. Here are five easy-to-do suggestions to take an action against AIDS today.
1. Join the UN Foundation and say #imALLin against AIDS.
We’ve partnered with the UN Foundation who has created UNFoundation.org/AIDS to spotlight some of our partners doing great work in the fight against HIV/AIDS. If you’re ALL IN against AIDS and in this for the long haul like we are, watch the video, share it with your friends, and let them know #imALLin.
2. Create a (2015)QUILT panel.
Join our partners at ONE and (RED) and add your own panel to their digital AIDS quilt, a pledge of solidarity to the goal of ending mother-to-child HIV transmission by 2015. And now it’s even easier—you can create your own quilt panel with just a tweet!
3. Support the Global Fund.
The Global Fund has saved an astonishing 8.7 million lives since its formation in 2002. Doesn’t that deserve a +1? Follow them of Facebook or visit their website to support them with your pocketbook.
4. Read the UNAIDS report.
Ahead of the AIDS Conference, UNAIDS released their new report Together We Will End AIDS, with the latest data on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Get up to speed on the latest facts—some are indeed quite shocking.
5. Share the facts.
We’ve been tweeting away throughout the conference. One quick and easy way to take action is to share these compelling facts with your friends.