The End of AIDS?

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Richard Parker-300x199Richard Parker, an active militant for almost three décds in the fight against AIDS wrote the article entitled I copy in order to attract them here. He talks strongly about this "final" and puts into question our need to stay in activism against AIDS ills since biomedical solutions put us knight these ills, and therefore I say, there would be no reason to initiatives as the GAPA, the Hipupyara the very ABIA, the Vidda For etc ...

I stick an excerpt from his text here for the evaluation of all:

Reflecting on the Brazilian response to the AIDS epidemic seems to me a relevant task given the importance of a critical and constant reflection on our achievements as a social movement, and on our main challenges in facing the epidemic. There are three questions I would like to present as a starting point for this reflection: 1 - Are we really close to the "end of AIDS" (or "AIDS free generation")? 2 - Are we living a new era (of biomedical responses that replace social and political responses)? 3 - Within this framework, the community response to the epidemic still matters (is it still worth continuing in this fight, especially if everything is almost solved)?

This involves understanding the current state of the epidemic, that is, if we are actually living a new era of biomedical answers that replace the social and political responses. There is consensus among researchers and activists that the great achievement of the Brazilian forward response to the epidemic was the boldness and success of their social and political response. So that means that the current valuation of biomedical answers on prevention, especially if we consider the current situation of the epidemic in Brazil? What remains of the Brazilian response to HIV / AIDS is the future of the fight against the epidemic depends, above all, techniques and technologies developed by science and by companies based in rich countries (still) called "first world".

Witnessed in the media all the time the announcement of the end of AIDS. The subject is present, for example, in reports last year on 20ª International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, and recently on the 8ª Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, in Vancouver, Canada. Therefore, we must answer the question: Are we really getting close to the end of AIDS? Soon there will be a generation free of AIDS? And if this is true, what does that mean?

Finally, within this framework of the end of AIDS, where we hear about large biomedical achievements in addressing the epidemic, still worth a community response to the epidemic? The community response still make a difference? What can we do at the community level, within civil society, when managers - the ones I call the "management of the epidemic" - herald the end of AIDS thanks to medicines and technologies produced by science, biomedicine and public health? Click here to read more


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