Universal Access: Prevention, Treatment, Care

The non-profit organization Avert has put out a short but very focused and thought-provoking video on the World AIDS Day 2009 theme: Universal Access. 

I love how this presentation deals with the idea of “universal access.”  That’s a very common phrase in AIDS advocacy circles, and is probably most often used with regard to treatment — you have universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment if everyone who needs antiretroviral therapy (ART) can get it.  But Avert follows UNAIDS in highlighting the need for universal access to prevention, treatment, and care

All three of these things are important.  The video makes the essential point that, without improved prevention and lower infection rates, the availability of treatment can’t keep up with the need.  I especially appreciate the emphasis on access to care.  “Care” can mean a lot of things, many or most of which are intangible.  Unfortunately, that can make it easy to overlook.  But support, respect, understanding, and love…all people living with HIV/AIDS (infected or affected) need these things too.

A good reminder.

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~ by h.e.g. on November 30, 2009.

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