Faith-based groups leave Melbourne conference with new commitment to leave no one behind in struggle against HIV and AIDS

24 Jul

As researchers, activists and policy makers prepare to leave Melbourne at the conclusion of the 20th International AIDS Conference, they possess a new confidence that advances in treatment can mean an eventual end to the AIDS epidemic. Yet new testing mechanisms, antiretroviral medications, and government funding strategies alone won’t be enough to transform HIV infection […]

New drug license step forward in meeting HIV treatment needs

24 Jul

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) welcomes the agreement announced today at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne between Gilead Sciences and the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) that extends their current license to include tenofovir alafenamide (TAF). The agreement will allow access to generic formulations of TAF in countries accounting for 92.2% of people living […]

Marching together for human rights

24 Jul

A short, ‘on the move’ reflection about why faith representatives joined in the mobilisation march at AIDS 2014:  

Lutheran young people: Stepping up in faith

24 Jul

Five young people from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are participating at AIDS 2014, part of a larger vision within the ELCA to create a critical mass of social justice minded young people across a multitude of issues, including HIV and AIDS. You can follow their reflections – and the snapshots of their activities […]

Marching for justice, praying for action

23 Jul

Over 2,ooo people marched through the streets of Melbourne on Tuesday, 22 July calling for an end to stigma and discrimination, the promotion of human rights for all to live in dignity and access the services they need, and strengthened attention to the response to HIV   to capitalise on the progress we have made […]

“Why waste money on International AIDS Conferences?”

22 Jul

by Rev. JP Mokgethi-Heath I was born in a city in Africa which many people would call little more than a small town. Growing up I had the joy of playing in the dust in a carefree environment, wearing what I would only later know were clothes handed to my mother as clothes others in […]

AIDS will only end when….

21 Jul

Last night, Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, called for intensive actions to achieve an end to the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Many acknowledge that we have the tools and the knowledge now to reach this goal. We have the medicines to suppress the virus and we can prevent AIDS-related deaths. We know how to […]

Faith, compassion and acceptance: Addressing homophobia and HIV-related stigma

20 Jul

At the Interfaith Pre-Conference of the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, religious leaders and scholars from diverse faiths discussed how faith-based attitudes and religious beliefs impact HIV-related stigma and discrimination, access to health services, and sexual behavior and identity. In a workshop co-organized by the Asian Interfaith Network on HIVand AIDS (AINA), International […]

Interfaith Prayer Room, Chaplains Available to All Attending AIDS 2014

20 Jul

Those seeking a quiet space for prayer and comfort amidst the buzz of AIDS 2014 need to look no further than the Interfaith Prayer Room at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Nine interfaith chaplains, representing Buddhist, Christian, and Muslim traditions, as well as the Interfaith Centre of Melbourne, will be present to provide spiritual […]

Young women speak out about the future they want

20 Jul

World YWCA has brought a delegation of young women from across the globe to share their stories, reflect on their lives and the work they do in communities, and bring the issues that young women face more visibly to the AIDS 2014 conference. Read more!