Overcoming HIV with anger, but also with love – BLOG

SIDA – In one of his songs, the rapper Vald tells us: “I only see her once a year as Prime on Sidaction” … So he will soon see her, Prime and on the weekends Sidaction with his 33 media partners is this weekend . But Sidaction is not just once a year, it’s not just on TV, it’s every day and in all areas … In medical and scientific research, on prevention, information and assistance to people living with HIV. The fight against this virus is carried out on a daily basis thanks to researchers and teams from the 91 associations that we support in France and in 18 other countries.

HIV does not discriminate

The HIV epidemic is not ancient history, it still concerns each and every one of us today. Because if society causes more discrimination, HIV does not. You’re young and you think it’s an old thing? 14% of people who discover their HIV status each year are under 25 years old. This number does not decrease. Are you older and worry most about young people? 22% of people who find out they have HIV are over 50 years old. Men, women, straight, gay, black, white, we’re all worried.

But the enormous progress made since the beginning of the epidemic has never been as threatened as it is today. For several years now, we have felt the headwinds rising … From the winds that threaten women’s rights around the world, from those that prevent progress on the rights of LGBT + people, and from those that exacerbate situations of great insecurity. Every day, progress in the fight against AIDS, which we thought had been finally acquired, is jeopardized by laws and political decisions in France and around the world.

The second epidemic to combat

And as if these headwinds were not enough, a new epidemic, the one that has invaded our lives for two years and which it is no longer necessary to mention, has given an extra blow to the fight against AIDS. The decline in prevention, screening and thus access to early treatment has characterized the past two years and questioned the constant decline in new HIV infections and in the number of deaths worldwide. And as we began to see the end of the tunnel, a new threat arose with the terrible conflict unfolding right now in Ukraine.

“Every day, progress in the fight against AIDS, which we thought had been finally acquired, is threatened by laws and political decisions in France and around the world.”

For from experience we know the extent to which countries at war not only pay a high immediate price in proportion to the number of dead and wounded, but also suffer the consequences for a long time, especially for the health of their people.

The struggle beyond borders

Ukraine will be no exception, and we are already seeing that. Divided, like many others, between anger and grief, we are more than ever mobilized together with the associations we support in this country and in the region, one of the most affected by the HIV epidemic in the world, in Ukraine, where the number of people living with HIV is estimated at about 260,000 people, several projects for HIV prevention, support for HIV-positive and training of health professionals have been funded by Sidaction for more than 15 years in Kiev, Chernihiv and Mykolaiv. For the past few years, we have mainly supported the Tochka Opory Association, a community association that carries out preventive actions and access to care for LGBT people living with HIV or at high risk of contamination.

Thanks to a proactive policy that made it possible to improve access to ARV treatments and the development of risk reduction programs for drug users who are severely affected by HIV, Ukraine had managed to reduce the number of new infections by 21% since 2010. Efforts and successes that will reduce to nothing or almost the invasion of the country by Russian forces, as we can already see in the separatist areas in the east, where for several years there has been of For example, all methadone access programs have been banned, in accordance with repressive politics in Russia, where the HIV epidemic remains one of the most virulent in the world.

Over the last 40 years, it has been repeatedly demonstrated that the lack of respect for human rights and the criminalization of the most vulnerable sections of the population constitute major obstacles to controlling the HIV epidemic. A perfect example is Russia, which at the last UN General Assembly on HIV in 2021 refused to allow the final political declaration to refer to human rights, decriminalization of sex work and any action harm reduction for drug users.

Anger, rebellion and love to fight

For those who want to survive this terrible war, it is a long-term struggle that awaits those involved in the fight against HIV, and it is also for them and for all those affected by conflicts in the world that we will continue our mobilization.

In the history of the fight against AIDS, in the light of the number of deaths and the still too high number of new infections, in the light of inequalities in access to treatment, in the light of these conflicts and these policies that threaten the rights of people, anger and rebellion have often carried us and still carries us to face enormous challenges.

But this year we would also talk to you about love, without even imagining how much we would all need it. Love that brings us to better fight this virus and fight all the discrimination and injustice that amplifies it. We know that HIV does not make love go away, and we want to believe with you that through love we can make HIV go away.

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