Edwin Cameron
3 minute read
3 Dec 2021
6:30 am

‘We can end Aids by 2030’

Edwin Cameron

Many elude testing or die in shame, treatment does not reach all who need it and inequality impedes our global response.

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The past four decades have yielded enormous medical and scientific progress – but death and stigma remain. Many elude testing or die in shame, treatment does not reach all who need it and inequality impedes our globalresponse. I can write this because life unexpectedly afforded me survival from Aids. Around Easter 1985, I became infected with HIV. There was no treatment: HIV meant certain death. Like many, I kept my HIV status a secret. I hoped to escape death. No. Twelve years later, Aids felled my body. I becameterribly ill. But my privileges gave me treatment and care. I had...