Vardhan speaks out against HIV/AIDS discrimination

Henrietta Brewer
December 4, 2019

The former Spice Girls star-turned-fashion designer took to Instagram on Sunday to mark the occasion by first reflecting on her role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), which she took on in 2014.

"The new diagnosis rate has remained stable over at least the past decade", Chapman said.

"A trend that's been going on for sometime is an increase in infections, among new diagnoses among young people and particularly among communities of color", Chapman explained.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system, our body's natural defense against illnesses, which makes a person with HIV more vulnerable to other diseases and infections like pneumonia and tuberculosis. Out of those, about 1,300 are likely undiagnosed.

Of the estimated population living with HIV/Aids in 2017/18, 93.9% were aware of their HIV status, and 60.3% were on life-saving antiretroviral therapy (ART).

Chapman added it can be hard to talk about HIV/AIDS because of stigma around the disease. He is the director for clinical sciences and global research for the Center for AIDS Research at Emory University and the executive associate dean for Emory School of Medicine at Grady Health System.


The county health department will also display a "nationally-renowned AIDS Memorial Quilt" in its main lobby from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The government has said it has been relentless in its mission to turn the HIV, Aids and TB epidemics around, and that there were notable achievements to celebrate.

Chapman and Guinn both said they want people to know HIV/AIDS is still an issue, but it is manageable and possible to prevent. "We must unite and use our voices, to join together and discuss the issues around the ongoing battle to eradicate HIV and AIDS".


"Through this initiative, we will continue to lead the charge in applying the latest science to better diagnose, treat, care for, and save the lives of individuals living with HIV by focusing on the cities and States most impacted by the disease", Trump said of his Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative.

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