As America marks a 30-year milestone in the fight against AIDS, communities around the world continue to be altered by the disease, which now knows no color or gender boundaries. A new report issued by the Black AIDS Institute and the NAACP seeks to explore the history of AIDS and how its shaped families, regions and even entire countries in three decades with the report “30 Years Is Enuf.”
“No single report can possibly address all the various ramifications of the epidemic’s first 30 years, and this one certainly does not attempt to do so,” the Black AIDS Institute said in a statement posted on blackaids.org. “This report aims to provide a degree of context to our understanding of the epidemic, using the 30th anniversary as an opportunity to reflect on what we have experienced and to understand both the challenges and the opportunities that will face us in the future.”
The report includes a historical overview of AIDS’ first 30 years and a report card grading the five most recent U.S. presidents’ response to the epidemic; HIV-themed essays from young people whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS in some way; news about scientific advances in the fight against the disease and findings from interviews with long-term survivors.
The report also offers recommendations for policymakers as they enact AIDS-related legislation.