“Whatever the voice, loud or soft, we need to keep talking about the HIV pandemic. Of the 37 million people worldwide who are living with HIV today, only half have access to the drugs that will allow them to live their lives. Let’s try to change that.” – amfAR Award of Courage recipient Angela Missoni #amfAR#HIV#AIDS#HWBrilliantFutures
“I want to thank you all so much for coming out tonight in support of amfAR Milano, and for the dream that we all share: to finally put an end to the AIDS epidemic – the worst public health catastrophe of our time.” – amfAR Chairman of the Board @mr_kennethcole
YOU can help us put an end to the AIDS epidemic. Donate via the link in our bio to support live-saving HIV cure research.
Veronica Berti and @andreabocelliofficial have arrived to #amfARMilano! Thrilled to have Maestro Bocelli performing once again on the amfAR stage this evening to help us raise fund for life saving HIV cure research. Please consider donating via the link in our bio.
Tonight, with the support of our partners @HarryWinston, we gather for the ninth annual amfAR Gala Milano, honoring Angela Missoni for her exceptional contributions to the fight against AIDS. To date, #amfARMilano has raised over $12 million for HIV cure research.
Please help us make AIDS history once and for all. Take action now and donate to support #amfARMilano via the link in our bio. #amfAR#HIV#AIDS#HWBrilliantFutures
Despite global success in reaching nearly 20 million people with antiretroviral treatment, the Asia-Pacific region has fallen behind Africa in its HIV/AIDS response. On average, global treatment coverage reaches more than 50 percent of people with HIV. In the Asia-Pacific, the treatment coverage rate is below average despite having a stronger overall health infrastructure or overall regional resources.
Learn more about the challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region in its HIV response via the link in our bio.
Today is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. This day was established to start conversations with older people who are unaware of HIV risks and prevention methods. In the U.S., older people are more likely than younger people to be diagnosed with HIV infection late in the course of the disease, too often when the disease has already progressed to AIDS. HIV/AIDS doesn’t discriminate based on age. No matter your age, know your status: find free, confidential testing via the link in our bio.
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day also provides an opportunity to highlight long term survivors of HIV. 59% of all people living with HIV in the US are over 50 years old, and by 2020 it is estimated to be 70%. As this population ages, more research and uniquely tailored treatment is necessary for this group of individuals to address the physical damage of long-term HIV infection and early experimental medications, as well as the emotional and mental damage of stigma and isolation.
Support HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day today!
One week away from the ninth annual amfAR Gala Milano, honoring Angela Missoni for her contributions to the fight against AIDS. To date, #amfARMilano has raised over $12 million for lifesaving HIV cure research. #HWBrilliantFutures
On this day in 1991: HIV positive actor Brad Davis dies at age 41. Davis, known for roles in “Roots”, “Sybil”, “Midnight Express”, “Chariots of Fire”, “Querelle” as well as originating the role of Ned Weeks in Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart”, kept his HIV diagnosis a secret until shortly before his death. After his death, his widow made public a book proposal written by Davis, a scathing indictment of Hollywood’s biases towards those in the business living with AIDS.
“I think that art plays a role in the social and political conversation because art, in a way, provokes but it also can soften the blow. It can soften a radical idea or an innovative philosophy or political agenda so that people can digest it.” - Mykki Blanco
Watch @_mykki_'s full Epic Voices video via the link in our bio.
On this day in 2006: dancer and choreographer Willi Ninja dies of AIDS-related heart failure at age 45. Ninja, who danced with Janet Jackson and modeled for Jean-Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler, is best known for his appearance in 1990’s “Paris is Burning”, where he introduced vogueing to the general public.
amfAR mourns the loss of Sir David Tang, a Hong Kong-based philanthropist and international entrepreneur who passed away in London on August 29 after a long battle with cancer. Sir David was a close friend and supporter of amfAR, and was an influential force behind the success of the amfAR Gala Hong Kong benefit event series. #amfARHongKong
“Just Walk Past It” by Pink, living with HIV at age 22. She wrote: “Even though we might face gloomy times or obstacles in our lives, it's not necessary to dwell on them all the time. We just change our perspectives and keep moving forward past the darkness in our hearts. We will see beautiful things as well. We still have friends who encourage and support us." Artwork courtesy of amfAR’s TREAT Asia partners @thairedcross. #TREATAsia#amfAR#HIV#AIDS
On this day in 1994: Tony and Emmy Award winning choreographer/director Michael Peters dies of AIDS-related illness at age 46. Peters co-choreographed the original Broadway production of “Dreamgirls” with Michael Bennett, and was a pioneer in music videos, choreographing Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and “Thriller” videos. His film work includes “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit”, “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, “Sarafina!”, “The Mambo Kings” and “The Five Heartbeats”. #amfAR#HIV#AIDS#OnThisDay#OnThisDate#ThisDayInHistory#ThisDateInHistory#MichaelPeters
There's still time to support #LifeRide8! @kiehls will donate $1 to amfAR's search for an HIV cure for every Tweet or Instagram pic tagging "@Kiehls" "@amfAR" and #LifeRide8.
Please take a minute this weekend to post your heart selfie and help raise AIDS awareness!
On this day in 1988: Academy Award-nominated Actor Leonard Frey dies of AIDS-related illness at age 49. Frey appeared in the stage and film versions of “The Boys in the Band” and “Fiddler on the Roof”, the latter of which saw him nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Frey also earned a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Peter Nichols’ “The National Health”. #amfAR#HIV#AIDS#OnThisDay#OnThisDate#ThisDayInHistory#ThisDateInHistory#LeonardFrey
"I feel like we're on the precipice. The cure is the next step". Find out what an HIV cure would mean for blogger and activist @kenlikebarbie. Watch his Epic Voices video via the link in our bio.
On this day in 1990: President George H.W. Bush (not pictured) signs the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act of 1990, which provided $200.5 million in federal funds for HIV community-based care and treatment services in its first year. Passed with wide bi-partisan support shortly after the teenage AIDS activist death and extended by President William Clinton in 2000, President George Bush in 2006 and President Barack Obama in 2009 (all pictured here), the Ryan White CARE Act remains the largest federal program specifically for people living with HIV/AIDS, serving over half of Americans living with HIV. #amfar#HIV#AIDS#RyanWhite#RyanWhiteCareAct#OnThisDay#OnThisDate#ThisDayInHistory#ThisDateInHistory