Hope For AIDS Cure Gains Traction In Face Of Profound Challenges
Although many researchers are setting their sights on a less ambitious goal, talk of finding a cure leads the 21st International AIDS Conference, and many are starting to think it might be a possibility. In other news, photographer Gideon Mendel talks about his project with HIV patients.
The Washington Post:
A Cure For AIDS Is No Longer Unthinkable
Not many years ago, the idea of defeating the resilient virus that causes AIDS was far-fetched. But as 18,000 people gather this coming week in Durban, South Africa, for the 21st International AIDS Conference, the prospect of a cure is plausible enough that it is attracting increasing amounts of money, scientific research and attention. Discussion of a cure will lead off the conference, which comes little more than a month after the United Nations committed to action to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, despite formidable obstacles. Leaders of the global battle against HIV have described 2016 as a pivotal year in their effort. (Bernstein, 7/16)
Wyoming Public Radio:
Handing Over The Camera To People With HIV
Photographer Gideon Mendel had won several prestigious awards for his pictures of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. But in 2007, he decided to hand over the camera to his subjects. He co-founded an organization called Through Positive Eyes and began teaching basic digital camera skills to people who were HIV positive, then encouraged them to capture images of their own lives. Since 2008, they have hosted workshops in 10 cities around the world: Mexico City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Bangkok, Port-au-Prince, London and, most recently, Durban, South Africa. (Adair, 7/16)