THEN: Early AIDS activists became experts on the virus, demanding the changes in research, drug development and treatment approaches that turned HIV/AIDS from a death sentence into a treatable condition. As successful change agents, they mastered the issues, navigated the political context, and finally persuaded those in power to join them in making change.
Their heroism in the face of death stands as an inspiration to a new generation of activists to reinvigorate the fight for health care justice.
NOW: While effective HIV treatment is now more affordable, 28 million people globally still can not afford treatment. In the US, nearly half of the 1.1 million people living with HIV are not on treatment. AIDS remains the most stigmatized disease in human history. Fighting for prevention, treatment, medical care and human rights for people with HIV/AIDS is the most pressing health care justice issue today.
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And, know that health care is a human right.