Archive for September, 2010

The New AIDS

Only fifteen years ago,  AIDS was one of the biggest threats to mankind, and the question was rather how, and not whether or not one should concern themselves with it. Having tested “positive” necessarily meant a serious confrontation with mortality. Too high were the chances that death was near.
Thankfully, times have changed. Since 1996, the antiretroviral combination therapy has proven to be tremendously successful /effective with many patients. The mortality rate has gone back drastically and the AIDS disease pattern has, to a great extent, declined. In the meanwhile, many HIV patients can enjoy a more or less undisturbed, healthy life. Sexologist Martin Dannecker started using the term “The New AIDS” in order to describe this transformation.

What is this new AIDS? Is it really as harmless as one is made to believe? Or did it just become less visible? We seek to explore different answers to these questions in our column »The New AIDS«. The latest article in this series was submitted by TAZ-Journalist Jan Feddersen, who asks »Was bloß ist Aids?« (This Article is only available in German).

Stimmen in der Stadt at HIV im Dialog and Reminders Day Gala

Stimmen in der Stadt was presented on September 18 with an infostand at the »Reminders Day Gala« at Berlin’s ewerk. In the congress »HIV im Dialog«, which took place that weekend and ended with the gala, one of the interviews from Stimmen in der Stadt was presented as well. A good two months before the launch, we raised awareness to our project and were rewarded with some positive feedback.

More support

Good news, our circle of patrons has expanded. The Förderverein der Bundestagsfraktion DIE LINKE e.V. has shown us their support in the form of a thoughtful contribution. In addition, the Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe e. V. , the roof organization for some 120 regional Aids-Hilfe organizations in Germany, is now also an important  patron of our project. The support and accompaniment is highly appreciated!