Thirty years into the response to HIV, an estimated 3000 young people are newly infected with HIV everyday. Many young people living with HIV still do not have access to treatment and only 34% of all young people have correct and comprehensive knowledge about HIV and how to protect themselves. That is why more than 150 young HIV activists from across the world gathered for a three-day summit in Bamako, Mali, last week to rally a youth-led response to HIV in lead up to the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS (taking place in New York from 8 to 10 June 2011).
While I was unable to attend the summit, I was honored to be asked by the conference organizers if I would be willing to design an infographic for the conference, and as a visual aid for a new call to action that would be unveiled on the closing day of the conference. This call to action is focused on securing resources and funding to support new youth leadership for a sustainable HIV response; protecting and promoting human rights to eliminate stigma and discrimination from legal frameworks; and on delivering HIV information and services that meet the diverse needs of young people including key populations.
Since the conference, I’ve been excitedly watching as AIDS organizations, youth organizations, art organizations, and even a major condom brand, have commented on and shared this graphic with their followers on Facebook and Twitter. Today it dawned on me I haven’t even shared it with the friends and family I have following this blog. As such, here it is! If you like it, please consider adding your name to the Call to Action.
Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the infographic or the data it presents.