This Internationa HIV/AIDS Day, we urge our members to read more about HIV/AIDS and the best approaches to addressing epidemics while still respecting the dignity of the human person.
Here are some interesting infographics to understand the diseas and how to address it. For the full infographic, click here.
The World Youth Alliance White Paper on HIV/AIDS presents a person-centered response to an epidemic that has ravaged many countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. The white paper proposes evidence-based and person-centered treatment, such as the provision of antiretroviral drugs, and prevention strategies, namely a reduction in concurrent partners and a delay in sexual debut. These strategies reflect the capacity of the person to make responsible decisions and to stop the high-risk behavior that exposes him or her to HIV. They also reflect the science of HIV transmission, as the virus spreads quickly–particularly in the initial phase of infection, when there are often no obvious symptoms to alert a person that he or she has contracted HIV–from partner to partner in sexual networks that expose even monogamous people to the risk of contracting HIV. The white paper also evaluates harm reduction approaches that have not proven effective in generalized epidemics, such as condom promotion. The white paper ends with an evaluation of UNAIDS’ harm reduction strategies and a call for UNAIDS to start emphasizing a person-centered response that reflects science and culture.
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Click here to download a fact sheet on HIV/AIDS.
Haga click aquí para descargar una nota descriptiva sobre VIH/SIDA en español. [Spanish version]
Broken Promises: How the AIDS Establishment Has Betrayed the Developing World by Eward Green
In his 2011 work, Broken Promises, Edward Green chronicles competing strategies for reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Green proposes risk-elimination solutions, which primarily include abstinence for the young and fidelity for couples. This is presented in contrast to the mainstream approach of the Western world, which favors risk-reduction strategies emphasizing the distribution of condoms at the expense of more fundamental approaches.
Why Broken Promises: How the AIDS Establishment Has Betrayed the Developing World
Green’s approach to the HIV-AIDS epidemic is one that is person-centered, focusing on risk-elimination accompanied by culturally tailored solutions that respect the values and traditions of native populations. WYA’s approach is similar, seeking to “remedy underlying societal factors that create conditions which place vulnerable populations at greater risk” (See WYA’s Declaration on HIV-AIDS).
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