HIV and AIDS in 2030: A Choice Between Two Futures
HIV and AIDS in 2030: A Choice Between Two Futures

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HIV and AIDS in 2030: A Choice Between Two Futures

About the author, Dr. David R. Barstow

David R. Barstow is a computer scientist turned AIDS activist. After earning his PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University in 1977, David spent the next thirty years as a college professor, industrial research scientist and engineer, internet entrepreneur, and business consultant. A remark by Bono, the Irish rock star, at a 2006 Christian leadership conference prompted him to change directions. Since then David has focused his time and energy on strengthening the religious response to the AIDS epidemic. In 2007, he founded EMPACT Africa, a Christian non-profit dedicated to working with local faith leaders in southern Africa to address the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS. During the past decade, he has worked with numerous governmental, non-governmental, and faith-based organizations. Most recently, David worked with the World Council of Churches to coordinate the Common Voice initiative, an inter-religious movement of advocacy and action to end AIDS.

Barstow’s First Sermon, Lusaka, Zambia

Barstow’s First Sermon, Lusaka, Zambia

Barstow at a Pastor Training Workshop in Zambia

Barstow addresses the United Nations High Level Meeting on AIDS in 2016

Barstow addresses the United Nations High Level Meeting on AIDS in 2016

I remember sitting in our church, watching a video of Bono being interviewed. He wondered why it had taken so long for American Christians to respond to the AIDS crisis in Africa. Although he was talking about American Christians generally, I had this strange feeling like he was talking directly to me: why hadn’t I, David Barstow, responded to the AIDS crisis in Africa? It felt like a calling, and my faith wouldn’t let me ignore a calling. That was the moment when my life started to change, and it hasn’t stopped changing.
— Dr. David R. Barstow

Released in June 2019, A Choice Between Two Futures: HIV and AIDS in 2030 is a book written by David Barstow telling the story of two future International AIDS Conference panels; one called How We Lost the War Against AIDS and one called How We Won the War Against AIDS. The choices we collectively make now will determine which will be fiction and which will be non-fiction. Fifty-percent of the net profits will be donated to charities whose work will help us win the war against AIDS. Click the image on the right to learn more about the book.

How We Lost the War Against AIDS is a trailer for a documentary film that hasn’t yet been made, and hopefully never will be. But it will be made in 2030 if the world collectively makes poor choices now. Click the button to watch the trailer.