We had about 35 people show up for last night’s University of Wisconsin-Madison screening of “The Lazarus Effect,” which included students of a class working on an HIV/AIDS project.
ONE member Shawn Alexander and the UW-Madison film team helped me prep and run the event. It was wonderful to have an HIV/AIDS professor there to answer questions from an education point of view, and tell us a little about the current issues surrounding the Global Fund, PEPFAR and the impact of antiretroviral drugs.
One of the highlights during the event was meeting AIDS activist Bob Bowers, who said a few words during the event. He mentioned that about 3,300 people are on a waiting list for antiretroviral drugs in the U.S., and told the audience that he was a living proof of the success of access to AIDS drugs.
He’s a big supporter of ONE and his message was powerful. We should all do what we can to provide a similar outcome for life to the millions who live with AIDS today in underdeveloped countries.
I also got introduced to an on-campus group (some of their members were there) that raises awareness on HIV/AIDS, malaria and other advocacy issues in Africa.
Madison is a really good setting for ONE activities and the university has many young people who are very interested in becoming more involved with ONE.
- Sando Johnson, ONE congressional district leader for Wisconsin’s 4th District