I must voice my strong disagreement with those who are choosing not to recognize the critical paradigm shift that has been introduced in the 2010 budget: a focus on integration.
The former Global AIDS Coordinator whose program was the basis for PEPFAR recently said that "reproductive health is a clean word," and that the "integration of reproductive health services with HIV" programming should be a priority.
In 2031, HIV will still be a reality. But if the Obama administration leads the world in promoting smart and evidence-based prevention education, it will be a disease everyone on the planet knows how to prevent.
Young Mexican gay rights and AIDS activist Rodrigo Olin's charge to his fellow Mexicans was a charge to all of us to hold our governments accountable to the promises they make toward achieving better outcomes in the fight against the AIDS pandemic.
As young people, we are fighting not only for access to information that will save our lives, but also to information that will help us better understand ourselves and explore sexuality safely, as a healthy and natural part of who we are.
At the Mexico City Youth Force Pre-Conference, we are readying ourselves to fight the battle against HIV and AIDS as our generation matures.
Thanks to youth participation in the the 2008 UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, the Civil Society Declaration emphasized youth vulnerability and young people's concerns.
Where do we go from here? Young people at Women Deliver may have offered the most revolutionary road map for reducing maternal mortality rates and effecting global change.
On the second day of Women Deliver, Brian discovers the power of young people working together globally to challenge the status quo and contribute to real change.
The Women Deliver conference featured a youth panel full of intelligent and empowered young leaders, but adult global leaders didn't stick around for their insights.
Brian Ackerman is an intern at Advocates for Youth and a junior at the George Washington University, majoring in International Affairs.
I always shudder when I hear that young people aged 15-24 account for over 40% of new HIV infections. At 20 years old, I am halfway through college and focused on the youthful experience of "finding myself" and creating my future. I hope HIV never has to factor into my equation, but knowing that it is a daily reality for my peers around the world is an eerie truth. Helping young people protect themselves while still balancing the rest of the costs and needs of the HIV/AIDS epidemic is increasingly difficult.
This was reiterated for me at recent briefing, "A European Perspective on the Future of Global AIDS Programs: A Conversation with Five AIDS Ambassadors," hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Center for Global Development. The event began with each ambassador speaking for a few minutes about the commitment their country has made toward fighting global AIDS. Since coming to work as an intern on international issues at Advocates for Youth, I've been exposed to much of the rhetoric about the flow of aid aimed at fighting infectious diseases in the developing world, but the commentary from these ambassadors was both refreshingly honest and difficult to hear.