Back to Basics: HIV/AIDS Advocacy as a Model for Catalyzing Change


This report highlights how people affected by HIV rallied together and created an HIV advocacy movement that demanded change and got results. The milestones of this movement include transforming the research system through patient-driven clinical trials, improving the regulatory paradigm through expanded and accelerated access mechanisms, and garnering political will needed to support federal investment in research and care. Ultimately, its most significant accomplishment was transforming HIV/AIDS from a death sentence to a chronic, manageable illness as long as access to medicines following diagnosis is assured. It is co-authored by FasterCures and HCM Strategists.

This report was originally published in June 2011

Updated/Published June 1, 2011