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

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Peter Piot: Barstow's Message Is Both Startling And Clear

While we have made enormous progress in the HIV response in many countries, we are not on track to end AIDS. Barstow’s book shows the critical juncture the global community faces in turning the tide on the epidemic. Barstow’s message is both startling and clear: we must act now to reboot and recharge our efforts to deliver sustainable results for people and communities across the world.

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David Barstow
Jonathan Quick: Barstow Is Both a Scientist and an Activist

On a balmy Sunday evening in July, 2000, President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa stood up to warmly welcome 12,000 of us gathered in Durban for the biennial International AIDS Conference.  He then proceeded to lay out his AIDS denialism manifesto, claiming that AIDS treatment was a CIA-Big Pharma plot.  That manifesto cost nearly a half-million South African lives before AIDS activists forced a policy reversal.  Today South Africa has the largest AIDS treatment program in the world.

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David Barstow
Richard Stearns: The Choice Is Ours To Make

In 2001, when World Vision was ramping up its AIDS prevention initiatives, I called HIV a “Doomsday Virus”; the kind of apocalyptic pathogen that is the stuff of disaster movies.  It stalked its prey silently, passed from husband to wife and mother to child, showed no symptoms for months or even years so that it could continue to be transmitted unnoticed, and was effectively 100% fatal.  To make it worse, because it was spread through sexual contact, it became taboo to even discuss it openly.

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David Barstow
Christian Connections for International Health

While commitments from governments and large international organizations to fund AIDS research, treatment and prevention are critical, the saying “Think globally, act locally” may be appropriate for how faith leaders can make a difference in their own communities. David Barstow, a Computer Science PhD who is now President of CCIH member EMPACT Africa, which focuses on empowering faith leaders to end the stigma of AIDS, shares his thoughts on the global effort to end the epidemic and the necessity of local actions.

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David Barstow
In 2017, It's Not Too Late for a Common Voice of Faith about AIDS

Religious institutions and faith communities have had a mixed history in the AIDS epidemic.  On the one hand, religious institutions were some of the earliest to provide care and services to people living with HIV, and they continue to play a vital role today.  Literally, millions of people depend on services provided by religious institutions.  On the other hand, stigma toward people living with HIV and toward marginalized populations often has a religious basis.  Even today, many people involved in fighting AIDS cite religion as a barrier rather than as an asset.  At the same time, AIDS leaders often say that it will be impossible to end AIDS without a strong contribution from faith leaders and communities.

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David Barstow
In 2017, It's Not Too Late for an AIDS-Free Generation

Religious institutions and faith communities have had a mixed history in the AIDS epidemic.  On the one hand, religious institutions were some of the earliest to provide care and services to people living with HIV, and they continue to play a vital role today.  Literally, millions of people depend on services provided by religious institutions.  On the other hand, stigma toward people living with HIV and toward marginalized populations often has a religious basis.  Even today, many people involved in fighting AIDS cite religion as a barrier rather than as an asset.  At the same time, AIDS leaders often say that it will be impossible to end AIDS without a strong contribution from faith leaders and communities.

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David Barstow
In 2017, It's Not Too Late to End AIDS

The United States has been the leader in the global response to AIDS.  PEPFAR (President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief), started by President George W. Bush in 2003, sparked a global initiative that has led to amazing progress, with almost 20 million people living with HIV now on life-saving treatment.  Fiscal year 2019 is an important opportunity to again demonstrate American leadership by increasing the US financial commitment to PEPFAR and The Global Fund.

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David Barstow
In 2030, Will We See A Tragic Failure to End AIDS?

Many people think the AIDS epidemic is over, that we've made great progress worldwide, that medicine and treatment protocols have been developed and are widely available, that the risks of infection are low, that we don't need to worry about the disease any more.  Michel Sidibé, the head of UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme for AIDS) is worried that this sense of complacency will lead to a weakening of the global response to AIDS, to losing the progress we have made, and ultimately to the resurgence of a deadly disease that we could have defeated.

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David Barstow
Public Service Announcements

We plan to produce a series of public service announcements leading up to the release of the film in July 2018.  The PSAs will remind all of us that the war against AIDS is not yet over.  Each PSA will focus on a specific issue, emphasizing that it is not too late to address the issue and to end the AIDS epidemic.

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David Barstow