HIV Will Not Stop Me: Girls Speak Out on World AIDS Day

It’s been 32 years since HIV was first discovered. Since then, it’s fair to say that we have come a long way. Just slightly more than 2 million people were infected with HIV in 2013, down from more than 3.6 million in 1997, the epidemic’s height. Currently, approximately 15 million people are taking anti-retroviral drugs […]

“Safe” Sex with IUDs Is Not Safe Enough

An innovative study on birth control, published in the New England Journal of Medicine Oct. 2, was reported with such headlines as, “Free, long-acting contraceptives may greatly reduce teen pregnancy rate.” The three-year study of 1,400 teenage women who were offered various contraceptives at no cost showed that those who chose birth control pills, patches or rings were 22 times more […]

A New Generation of HIV/AIDS Activists is Born

I’m at the 20th International HIV/AIDS Conference in Melbourne this week. It brings together people from all around the world to join hands in continuing and expanding the fight against HIV/AIDS. For me, the conference has been a complete eye opener into a world I hadn’t previously known much about. I was born in 1996, the […]

We Need a Woman To Guide U.S. Global AIDS Programs

A decision is imminent about who will be the next head of U.S.-funded AIDS programs around the world—known as PEPFAR,  the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. That person will be the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and ambassador at large—and the time is right for that person to be a woman. Women are at the […]