Saturday, July 28, 2012


CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON - At the close of the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington D.C., we stand at a threshold between the past and the future. We can now imagine an AIDS-free world; it's at our doorstep within our reach - but only if we decide to act now - and we must act now. Decisively. Deliberately. Definitively. The End of AIDS: We have heard this phrase many times for the last five days. We have attended hundreds of sessions on the latest scientific HIV research, we have viewed thousands of posters pointing to new tools at our disposal; we have been inspired by numerous plenary speakers, leaders in their fields of research, science, advocacy and policy, who tell us that we are now beginning to turn the tide to on AIDS. But will we? 
Despite the developments serious problems remain. There are approximately 50,000 people who become infected with HIV each year in the United States. This number has remained unchanged for nearly the past ten years. We need to make serious adjustments in our prevention methodologies.

"I charge everyone who attended this Conference to ask this one important question," said Phill Wilson, President and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute. "Was it all worth it? Was it worth the time, energy and expense to come to Washington for a week or more? When we leave D.C., where do we go from here?" We are done with the sessions and the lessons. Now we must move on and out beyond D.C. and back to our families and our communities, where we must spread the news from AIDS2012. 
The End of AIDS is more than just a declaration: it's a commitment and it's a charge. We must now take the Conference on the road to turn the tide of HIV in our own neighborhoods. And we must do it now. An AIDS-Free Generation is within our reach only if we seize this moment and maximize this opportunity. "Talking is not enough," said Wilson. "We must redouble our commitment to act. This is our charge. And we can prevail." The Black AIDS Institute now demands for implementation of what we learned at this Conference. It's now up to us.

The XIX International AIDS Conference concluded in Washington, DC on Friday after 5 days of hundreds of sessions, programme activities and workshops aimed at bringing forward the latest thinking and developments in the global HIV response. The global effort to combat HIV/AIDS has been one of the great public health achievements of the past decades. However, besides preventive social policy and health care,  we have to offer wise spiritual teachings to put an end the epidemic.

The debates that presently take place concerning the medicines to relieve the effects of AIDS, the help given to those with the illness, the tolerance of society towards its victims, etc, are surely full of goodness, with a sincere desire to help those who are suffering; but it has to be noted that the most important needs are beyond these. The most needed debates are those that bring forth spiritual education, engendering superior values so that the entire world follows good examples so as not to be led into such a fallen position. Those with AIDS are in a situation very difficult to imagine, but they should now be more stimulated to look for God through self-realisation, and to take the sacred mantras that can give them a progressive, positive understanding of their existence. It does not matter is such an understanding comes to them even at their death, because the Vedic understanding takes us beyond the bodily concepts of birth and death. It opens up the doors of our lives to a permanent existence, where there are no more afflictions caused by ignorance and egoism.

Śrīla Bhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti Mahārāja :
"AIDS – The Plague of the Century"
The Vedic Wisdom Online

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"

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