WWR: PEPFAR, HIV Testing, Mother’s Day, and Fighting Cancer

By Jane Coaston | May 17, 2013

Elizabeth Glaser and her son Jake (in overalls) at the annual A Time for Heroes celebrity picnic.

EGPAF

This week, we’re learning more about why testing for HIV is critical and how PEPFAR celebrated 10 years of success, thinking about the impact of the legal system on people living with HIV, and remembering Elizabeth Glaser on a very special Mother’s Day.

EGPAF – “Celebrating 10 Years of Progress with PEPFAR” Ten years ago, then-President George W. Bush launched the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Since its launch, the program has been an unmitigated success: in 2012, PEPFAR made antiretroviral (ARV) drug treatments to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV available to 750,000 women, allowing approximately 230,000 infants to be born HIV-free. This week, EGPAF joined several partners at a special celebration to honor the 10th anniversary of PEPFAR. EGPAF Ambassador Martha Sichone-Cameron spoke at the event about PEPFAR’s impact on her life and the lives of millions of other people living with HIV.

New York Times – “The Importance of Testing for HIV” In the United States, HIV is no longer considered to be a death sentence. But hundreds of thousands of people are living with HIV and don’t even know it. In this opinion piece from the New York Times, the editors write of the importance of HIV testing and say that through detection and treatment, we can curtail the HIV epidemic.

EGPAF – “U.S. Ambassador congratulates EGPAF’s mobile clinic launch” The Gaza region of Mozambique has the highest HIV prevalence in the country, but EGPAF and its partners are fighting back and using creative tools to help people living with HIV. Last week, U.S. Ambassador Douglas Griffiths attended the launch of three mobile clinics intended to help people living in the most inaccessible parts of the region get access to the HIV prevention and care and treatment they need to stay happy and healthy.

ACLU – “It Is Time to Modernize Discriminatory HIV/AIDS Laws” In the United States, 32 states punish people living with HIV for exposing another person to the virus, even if no transmission occurs (and even if there’s no actual risk of transmission at all). In this piece, the American Civil Liberties Union writes that these laws do little to protect anyone from HIV and are contributing to ongoing stigma against people living with the virus.

EGPAF – “Mother’s Day Traditions” Mother’s Day was celebrated this past Sunday, a day to honor mothers from all walks of life for their immeasurable contributions to all of us. Jake Glaser, Elizabeth Glaser’s son, wrote this special remembrance of one of his favorite Mother’s Day traditions and what he would tell Elizabeth now.

EGPAF – “Fighting Cervical Cancer in Tanzania” People living with HIV are more vulnerable to cervical cancer, and in Tanzania, cervical cancer is among the leading causes of cancer-related deaths. To support cervical cancer prevention and help more people get access to treatment, EGPAF and its partners are offering cervical cancer education classes, screenings, and treatment with cryotherapy to people living across Tanzania.

Jane Coaston is Media Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.