Every time I go on a trip with (RED), I end up spending time with young girls. No matter what
the details of who they are or where they're from,
girls are awesome and powerful and resilient.
Every week, 6,000 young women will contract HIv.
This is unacceptable. The good news?
We can keep people alive — not just alive but thriving — who are HIV+. They can have children, start families, live happy and healthy lives all
while being constructive and vital members of their communities.
Visiting (RED) programs in eSwatini, I met future doctors, teachers, lawyers, entrepreneurs. I met
all kinds of people. And with every step we take towards ending AIDS those futures and visions
get brighter and bigger.
It's hard to be a teenage girl anywhere. Getting your period is never fun. But it’s an unacceptable truth that too many young women living in poverty miss out on school because they don’t have access to sanitary supplies. What’s even harder to accept? When young women miss out on an education, particularly in places like eSwatini, their futures become fragile & the risk of contracting HIV increases. Luckily, (RED) and the Global Fund are working to keep girls in school to end this cycle.
The future is female and it’s starting in eSwatini, one of the countries in
sub-Saharan Africa where (RED) money supports prevention, treatment, counseling HIV testing & care services.
We’re rounding up (RED) Ambassador & AIDS Activist Allison Williams’s
most powerful moments from her recent trip with (RED) to eSwatini,
where she saw first-hand the impact you can have when you buy (RED).
We’re at a moment in time when an HIV diagnosis is no longer a death sentence – the medication is saving lives
left and right. You can see it working. And what’s even
more inspiring is seeing the medication delivered alongside psychological care and support services, ensuring that everyone living with HIV has the tools they need to stay healthy and thrive.
We know how to fight this
Young women are 60% More likely than young men to contract HIV.
Every day I look at my (RED) iPhone and think
‘this represents lives saved.’ People are living every day, taking ARVs for free thanks to organizations like (RED). It’s real. It’s tangible.
This is happening but we need to keep pushing — because lives are still being lost.
– Allison Williams