June 13, 2014

AIDS: Don’t Die of Prejudice: Compelling Picture of Today’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic

IAVI Congratulates the Rt. Hon the Lord Fowler on His Powerful New Book

NEW YORK – Discrimination, ignorance and inequality continue to drive the deadly HIV/AIDS epidemic around the world, and an AIDS vaccine will be transformative for overcoming these barriers to equitable healthcare, according to an important new book by the Rt. Hon. the Lord Fowler, former UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Security and a member of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) Board of Directors.

AIDS: Don’t Die of Prejudice illustrates the huge toll that this global killer continues to take on the world; the role of ignorance, discrimination and inequality, and the heroic work being done to rid the world of HIV/AIDS once and for all,” said IAVI President & CEO Margie McGlynn. “Lord Fowler is a powerful global advocate for the individuals and communities who bear the brunt of this epidemic. We congratulate him on this important and informative book.”

As Secretary of State for Health and Social Security under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Lord Fowler helped launch the country’s first AIDS awareness drive, the “Don’t Die of Ignorance” campaign. He is currently vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS, an ambassador for the National AIDS Trust, and a patron of the British HIV Association and the Terrence Higgins Trust. He joined IAVI’s Board of Directors in December 2013.