Sharing is caring: Interdisciplinary Approach to HIV/AIDS

Okay, some facts about HIV and AIDS in the world as of 2010 (according to the UNAIDS report of 2011):

– An estimated 34 million people worldwide were living with HIV (including people living with AIDS).

– HIV incidence (number of newly infected people) worldwide was estimated to be of 2.7 million.

– An estimated 1.8 million people worldwide died of AIDS-related illnesses.


source: UNAIDS World AIDSday report 2011.

– While HIV and AIDS in the world is stabilizing as incidence and prevalence (people living with HIV) are in the decline, in some countries they continues on the rise. In Canada, there was an 11.4% increase in people living with HIV from 2008 to 2011 (from 64000 to 71300). In Aboriginal communities (who constitute an 8.9% of total HIV infections in Canada), the increase was of 17.3%.

– Sub-Saharan Africa, which accounts for 12% of the global population, accounts for 68% of people living with HIV worldwide.

– In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the number of people living with HIV increased by 250% from 2001 to 2010.

– Incidence in Latin America has remained stable (had some decrease in early 2000’s and has after that remained steady). Total people living with HIV has increased slightly, which might be due to treatment reducing AIDS related deaths in the region.

– Annual estimated new infections (so, incidence) has almost doubled in the area of the Middle East and Northern Africa in the past decade, as has the mortality in children due to AIDS related illnesses. This largely due to discriminatory policies and laws that do not allow for adequate HIV prevention and treatment. Uptake of HIV testing (which in those regions may lead to stigma) in key populations is only of 4%. (source: UNAIDS Middle East and Northern Africa Regional Report on AIDS | 2011)

Now, I am still in the process of learning – in my awesome, super-interesting Interdisciplinary Approach to HIV/AIDS course – about the many dimensions, perspectives and issues sorrounding HIV and AIDS and the challenges it poses today. The problems are different, for sure, depending on the place and time and context and systems of oppression operating against you. I am still learning and processing, so I do not feel even remotely ready to write a blog post about it – not that I am too knowledgeable about other stuff I have and will talk about, but I feel particularly not-entitled to say anything about this very delicate thing.

Regardless, I thought I’d share some stuff about it, because I think they’re important things to know and consider. I’ll do this fairly often in this blog.

I would of course love for you to check them all out (these are all things we should ALL know and care about), but you don’t have to, duh. I’ve tried to have some sort of description as to let you know what that link is all about.

1) An HIV Virology Tutorial

2) The HIV Transmission: Guidelines for assessing risk (Canadian AIDS Society). EVERYONE should know this stuff by heart.

3) A TED Talk (oooh I love me some daily TED talks): “Sex, Drugs, and HIV: Let’s get rational” by Elizabeth Pisani

4) What Works for Women and Girls: Evidence for HIV/AIDS Interventions

5) “Our Lives Matter: Sex Workers Unite for Health and Rights | OSF

6) A Quebec-based (in French) campaign against discrimination of people living with HIV: Si j’étais seropositif

7) For the poster art lovers! AIDS Posters | AIDS Education Poster Collection

8) This one makes me have faith in humanity: The Global Mapping of Pleasure.- a directory of organizations, programmes, media and people who eroticize safer sex

9) Visual AIDS.

10) Nothing About Us Without Us. Drug policy and harm reduction.

As a fairly unrelated sidenote, I am sharing stuff I’ve seen in class largely because I think that although this information is out there, people seldom look for it. So the more everyone shares, the more likely it is for it to arrive in someone’s homepage/feed/mobile. Someone who may need it and might not know how or where to look. That is my hope for my interactions with the interwebz.

That is all.

Nota para los hispanohablantes: la traducción de ésta entrada (con enlaces equivalentes) me va a tomar MUCHO tiempo, que quiero encontrar pero por el momento no tengo. Si tienen enlaces que puedan servir a esta “traducción”, échenlos para acá.