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World AIDS Day 2011: Are There Any Good News Stories?


The theme of today’s World AIDS Day is ‘Getting to Zero’ (zero new infections; zero discrimination; zero AIDS-related deaths)’. While we all know that the statistics are devastating and sad, and that we are a long way from zero, we are slowly winning the fight against HIV/AIDS. I tried to hunt down some good news stories.

Here is a sample:

Masai Cricket Warriors integrate HIV/AIDS awareness into their coaching.

Sisters in science research an AIDS vaccine (see page 14)

UNAIDS report for 2011 showed fewer infections, fewer people dying of AIDS-related diseases, more people living with HIV/AIDS.

ARVs are getting cheaper, so that governments like South Africa’s can scale up their treatment campaigns.

Is the HIV/AIDS pandemic at the tipping point?

Longevity studies show that people with HIV/AIDS on courses of ARVs can live almost as long as people without HIV/AIDS.

South Africa launches an AIDS treatment plan that aims to raise the number of people on treatment from one to three million.

Play the Avert HIV/AIDS Challenge and find out how much you know about the virus. Let me know if you guessed the question about North America correctly or not – that one was a surprise.

Read my review of a beautiful book, The Gifts of the Body, about a home-care worker who visits and treats people with AIDS. This is the best story about AIDS that I have ever read. I first posted it for World AIDS Day 2008, but I am reposting it in honour of the millions of carers who work tirelessly with people with AIDS to make their lives better – the grandmothers whose children have died and who now find themselves parents to a second generation, the community workers, the children who nurse their dying parents. These are the unsung heroes of HIV/AIDS and I want to recognise them.

In order to do so, I have been collecting donations at work and today we will give €450 to Noah’s Orphans, a community organisation which cares for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in my home province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

AIDS Day posts from around the world:

Johns Hopkins University, USA ‘We are all unprotected’

83 to infinity, Canada Will AIDS ever be a memory?

BBC World Service Trust, India Being the face of HIV in India

Age UK, HIV and older people

Reluctant Mom, South Africa Talking to your kids about HIV/AIDS

If you have a post in honour of World AIDS Day, let me know and I will link to it here.

Author: charlotteotter

Novelist, feminist, crime writer

7 thoughts on “World AIDS Day 2011: Are There Any Good News Stories?

  1. I got it right by chance…Texas!

  2. Thanks for this – and, like Adonis, I guessed Texas right – but it was a complete guess.

  3. In First World countries, such as Spain, some insurance companies use their contractual freedom to deny life insurances and other products to HIV-positive clients:

  4. A small local good news story is that our domestic worker is still doing well after more than 5 years with HIV. She’s on ARVs, mostly healthy and her little AIDS baby, though he was born with several disabilities, is growing well and is now 5.

    Also on the radio I heard of a big money prize draw being open to anyone coming forward to be tested – don’t know any of the details, but South Africa is getting more up front about AIDS.

  5. You know, Charlotte, they really are big, good news stories. It’s a huge challenge, but even your frequent posting on AIDS is a step in the right direction. You always bring it back to the forefront of my own mind and I’m sure I’m not the only one. So many people are working so hard to improve the lives of AIDS sufferers and prevent more joining their number in the future – they deserve our recognition and our thanks as this is a global issue for all humankind.

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