Fighting to End AIDS as an Epidemic: Activism, AIDS, and Political Change
by Mark Harrington 3 February 2019
The nearly forty-year long period of time since the outbreak of the AIDS pandemic in 1981 has seen over twenty-five million deaths from AIDS, immeasurable suffering and loss, and the birth, growth, and flowering of a powerful human movement of solidarity, resistance, resilience, and remembrance which has accomplished amazing changes in science, society, and politics.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - Intel's Employee Service Corp (IESC) and Telluride AIDS Benefit (TAB) have partnered for two projects in Manzini, Swaziland in November 2018.
A team of eight Intel engineer volunteers, and one TAB Board member, will spend two weeks in Manzini providing technical support and computer training for the local community and promoting STEM education to increase student interest participation in science, technology, engineering and math.
For Immediate Release:
The Telluride AIDS Benefit (TAB) is pleased to announce that 2018 was one of the most successful fundraising years ever for the organization. TAB will distribute $160,000 to nine beneficiary organizations in Colorado, Utah, and Africa. To date, TAB has distributed $2.7 million dollars. In this ever-changing political climate, TAB funds remain as important as ever. Read more…
“And we have come so far like that. I mean, the advances on the medication side have been enormous, and the advances on the human side have been enormous. But we still have this stigma to get rid of, and then we really will be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.” —Sir Elton John
When the earliest cases of AIDS appeared in 1981, nobody could have predicted the scope and reach the disease would have. Though we have seen many medical advances in the HIV/AIDS field, taking AIDS from being an untreatable condition to HIV becoming a chronic, manageable illness with the right medications, we are still facing an uncertain future, one in which there will be many more infections and deaths. Read more...
The Uncompahgre Medical Center (UMC) in Norwood, will be providing year round confidential FREE rapid HIV testing for residents of the San Miguel River Basin beginning December 1, 2018. Individuals will be able to walk into the clinic and obtain a test without an appointment. Access to free testing is also one of the best-known methods of reducing stigma and infection rates for HIV/AIDS. Funds are being provided in part by the Telluride AIDS Benefit.
Proposed health bill would reverse progress on epidemic
The Senate health bill, if passed, could cause death for thousands of Americans living with HIV while simultaneously increasing the number of new transmissions. Decades of progress in limiting the AIDS epidemic will be reversed in just a few years...
Across the board, the Telluride AIDS Benefit (TAB)’s Colorado-based beneficiary organizations are expressing their concern over the new political climate. Although President Trump has not made any statements specifically addressing HIV/AIDS-related policy, he has announced his desire to eliminate the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) and cut Medicaid spending. This would have a direct impact on the health and well being of many people living with HIV...
Y is approximately 35 years old. She was born and raised in Addis Ababa. At the age of about 18, her family arranged a marriage for her. Y said she felt "neither happy or sad about it; that’s just the way things were done." She says her marriage was "difficult," and her husband was unkind. After the birth of two sons, she and her husband separated. But after being apart for some time (during that period she briefly went to Sudan to look for a "better life"--which she never found....), they reconciled. However, when she became pregnant for the third time, he left her again. She began to hear "rumors from friends and neighbors" that he had been unfaithful to her, and was "sick."
As the Trump era begins, only one thing seems to be clear—anything could happen. And as far as HIV/AIDS goes, experts and advocates are not optimistic. Though the President has not, as of this printing, made any clear statements regarding his stance on AIDS and funding for the disease, the trend towards the cutting of public health funding and the elimination of the Affordable Care Act is almost certain to have a negative impact on the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States. Moreover, the recently issued executive order impacting international aid organizations pertaining to abortion counseling will likely have a detrimental effect on international AIDS funding coming from the U.S.; HIV prevention is often tied to family planning efforts.