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Endorsements Sought for Global March for HIV/AIDS Treatment, July 9, Durban

May 19, 2000

Organizers of the march at the opening of the XIII International AIDS Conference (Durban, South Africa, July 9-14, 2000) -- the march referred to by Coovadia in the interview above -- are seeking endorsements for the event through a Global Call for access to treatment. Here is the beginning of the Global Call:

We ask you to endorse this call and to mobilize for the international march because HIV has led to the premature death of more than 10 million people from AIDS worldwide.

Access to treatment is essential in order to save the lives of more than 35 million people with HIV worldwide.

Treatment will encourage people to come forward, live openly with HIV/AIDS and give real meaning to prevention efforts.

Treatments are available -- the prices are too high!

Antiretroviral drugs have been shown to extend the lives and improve the health of many people with AIDS and advanced HIV disease. People in poor countries cannot gain access to life-saving medications because of their price.

HIV infection and AIDS are not a death sentence. There are drugs that can successfully prevent, treat, and cure the opportunistic infections and co-infections, such as tuberculosis, fungal infections, pneumonias, cancers and malaria that kill most people with HIV and AIDS.

Everyone has the right to health, including people with HIV/AIDS!

All people with HIV/AIDS have a right to access to these treatments in addition to health care, employment, education, clean water, adequate nutrition including vitamins and mineral supplements, and housing.

Denying people with HIV/AIDS access to affordable medicines in order to protect profits or intellectual property rights, is tantamount to genocide.

Denying access to treatments or prevention intervention by any government body using the smokescreen of questioning the cause of AIDS is unacceptable.

Here are the titles of other sections of the Global Call:

  • Treatment will sustain development;

  • Children have a right to treatment and family life;

  • Women with HIV/AIDS have an equal right to treatment;

  • HIV/AIDS research must focus on poor countries and communities.

    To endorse the Global Call, send your name, organization, address, email, fax number, and phone number by mail, email, or fax. Please specify whether your affiliated organization is endorsing the Global Call. Email to jjames@aidsnews.org or fax to 415-255-8662, or mail to Global Call Durban 2000, c/o IGLHRC, 1360 Mission Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94103.



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