March 12, 2013 |
Timothy Ray Brown, the first person cured of AIDS, often ends his talks by saying: "My dream is not to be the man who stands before you and says, 'I am cured,' but to be the man who stands before you and says, 'We are cured.' " Last week, a little of that dream came true when it was reported that a child has apparently been cured of AIDS in Mississippi. It was not an intentional cure. The mother learned that she was HIV-positive too late for prenatal AIDS drugs, and the baby's treatment, an intense regimen of antiretroviral drugs, began 30 hours after birth.
July 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The AIDS epidemic increasingly is a female one, and women are making the case at the world's largest AIDS meeting that curbing it will require focusing on poverty and violence, not just pregnancy and pills. Already, women make up half of the world's HIV infections, and adolescent girls are at particular risk in the hardest-hit parts of the world, UNICEF deputy executive director Geeta Rao Gupta told the International AIDS Conference. About 4.8 million people 15 to 24 are living with HIV, and two-thirds are female.
May 25, 2008 |
David Snyder is hoping to start an epidemic. And he isn't thinking of the usual kind. "We want to launch an epidemic of compassion," said Snyder, the executive director of World Vision USA for New Jersey. For months, Snyder has been involved with a traveling exhibition that will land in Moorestown from Friday through June 2 at the town's First Presbyterian Church. The interactive exhibition, World Vision Experience: AIDS, is a vivid reminder that AIDS is a pandemic in Africa and other parts of the world, and that its victims are often the children left orphaned by the scourge.
January 14, 2007 |
When an Exton physician departs for South Africa on Feb. 15, she will be bringing with her more than what she learned at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. There will be plush toys. Quilts. And a meditation technique. Susan Ward, 52, will be one of four meditation teachers from the U.S., three from France and one from Scotland who will be visiting orphans afflicted with AIDS. It is Ward's third trip since May 2004 to such children in Johannesburg and in towns in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.
November 23, 2006 |
On her first birthday in America last month, Carline Maeding, 5, was a princess in pink satin, blowing out the candles on a Little Mermaid cake, her parents and three rambunctious brothers at her side. A year ago, she was an AIDS orphan in Haiti. Today brings another milestone for Carline and her parents, Heather and Glen Maeding: her first Thanksgiving. At least 20 people, including some foreign students from Lafayette College, are coming to their Nazareth, Pa., home for pumpkin pie, a grandmother's special recipe for Pennsylvania Dutch corn - and Caribbean rice and beans and fried plantains so Carline can feel at home.
October 5, 2006 |
SHANNA MOAKLER, Paris Hilton, let's get ready to rummmble! It happened early Wednesday at Hyde, the trendy L.A. club known as much for who doesn't get in as who does. Moakler (estranged wife of Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker) and a former Playboy model still smarting from her recent dismissal from "Dancing With the Stars," was there - in one corner. Hilton, the ubiquitous, sworn-off-men, faux singer and hotel heiress, recently videotaped kissing Barker, was in the other corner.
August 4, 2005 |
Desmond Tutu is archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa, and a winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize The cameras are rolling on another African disaster: Niger and its desperate, starving children. And this tragedy has unfolded on the world's television screens even as leaders of the industrialized countries at the Group of Eight summit pledged a historic amount of debt relief and humanitarian aid to African countries. Welcome tidings of the affluent world's largess have collided with yet another outstretched hand - another cry for help - from our continent.
June 5, 2005 |
It was November 2003. The previous July, I had left the corporate world and started my own consulting business, and not long afterward I had contracted to provide grant-writing services to the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in Africa. (In this area, you may be familiar with the society as the group of Roman Catholic nuns who administer Rosemont College, the School of the Holy Child in Rosemont, and Holy Child Academy in Drexel Hill.) My international travel had been limited to walking over the border into Tijuana and vacationing in Bermuda.
December 7, 2003 |
Oprah Winfrey highlighted the plight of AIDS orphans during a trip to Zambia, calling it "the greatest moral issue of our time. " Invited to the country by the United Nations Children's Fund, Winfrey visited clinics that provide infected women and nursing women with drugs to prevent them from passing the human immunodeficiency virus to their babies. The trip had added importance for her as an African American woman, Winfrey said. "We are proud to be here in Africa because this is where our roots are. " But, she added during her visit Thursday, not enough help is being given to AIDS orphans in Africa because the world still does not fully understand the impact the disease has had on the continent.
May 3, 2003
Will every government program that has anything to do with sex get entangled in the social conservatives' domestic agenda? If that's the case, say a prayer for the millions more in Africa and the Caribbean who will die from AIDS. If a faction in Congress had its druthers, anti-AIDS money would be steered away from the groups that are effective but advocate methods that some conservatives find morally objectionable. What methods? Just about anything other than abstinence and fidelity.