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  2. Now only 1148 GA available. Hopefully this trend will continue and we get a second show.
  3. I’ve been watching the numbers too. It’s ticking down every day. Seems like if Live Nation did a bit more promotion, it would sell out, wouldn’t take much. I wonder if this concert isn’t on residents’ radar since U2 has never played in Korea. I’m thinking this concert is going to be incredible, first time in the country and last stop on the tour. Let’s go Seoul!!
  4. but still surprising to be able to pull up 4 GAs today!
  5. Those tickets still appear to be selling, now down to 1157 GA left.
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  8. Happy Summer 2019 to the Zoo.

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        Putting  On my 90s U2 albums and Drawing !!!!

  9. Oh gosh.... Good one! I almost answered. Thanks for the haha you gave him, Mich40. Saved by the bell. 😉
  10. Do you have any idea? Lol I was an adult when I first saw that move and it was on TV. 😕 Karma! 😉 I remember going to see New Politics, for a solo show, after I first saw them open for Pink. I was standing by the bathroom waiting for a friend. I started a pleasant chat with her. She asked me, "Are you here with your kids?". "No, I'm here for myself." Utter confusion filled her face. I could say her thinking, 'But you are so much older.'. I had a dozed smart ass comebacks but just smiled. My good thing is that I may be old(er) but I'm a dancing fool.
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  12. 0 YOUTH AMBASSADORS These 10 books are inspiring our activists to take action 7 June 2019 4:30PM UTC | By: ONE YOUTH AMBASSADORS JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Staying optimistic in the face of adversity can be challenging. As activists, sometimes we need a boost to keep fighting the good fight. Our UK Youth Ambassadors have recommended the books that they turn to when they need a pick-me-up. From inspirational autobiographies to captivating anthologies, they’ve got you covered! I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai It demonstrates that you are never too young to become an activist or to make a difference in the world. It also explores key issues facing girls across the world particularly in terms of education. I became more motivated to study and embrace the educational opportunities offered to me as a girl in the UK. — Laura Webb, Brighton Brave, Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani From a young age, we are conditioned to stay in our lane rather than taking risks, pushing our boundaries and doing things that terrify us. In this book, Reshma Saujani breaks this mindset down. My take away? You may not always get your way in activism, but you can keep trying, and, even if I fail, at least I tried. Now, when I find myself making excuses not to do something scary, or punishing myself for making mistakes, I stop and remind myself: I’m brave, not perfect. — Abigail Mattingly, Buckinghamshire Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies edited by Scarlett Curtis The empowerment found in girls supporting girls is a movement that I hope to play a part in. Seeing the impact that a group of determined women can have when they come together gives me hope for the future and inspires me to make my mark through activism and campaigning. — Hannah Davis, London Inferior by Angela Saini This book challenges gender equality from a completely new angle by testing social perceptions of both men and women. It explores a variety of questions through the eyes of science, covering topics like nurturing stereotypes and the taboo questions surrounding dominance. Reading this arms you with new perspectives and in some ways causes you to question your own assumptions and go-to arguments. Never before have I found myself frustrated with Charles Darwin. — Ella Reilly, Portsmouth Becoming by Michelle Obama Former First Lady, Michelle Obama teaches us to stand fierce in the face of self-doubt and opposition. She has taught me that anyone can reach their goals, regardless of religion, gender or something as trivial as the colour of your skin. She speaks of female empowerment fervently, encouraging us women to fight relentlessly for equal rights and the recognition we deserve. It truly is a book for anyone looking to be inspired in any part of their life. — Sarah Jabir, London Half the Sky by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas D. Kristof This book highlights experiences of injustice faced by women across the globe. The emotional stories shared by individuals are powerful motivators to try and promote better situations for people worldwide. The equality gap illustrated in this book shows we have work to do and provides some information on how to get up and actually take action. — Amy Randles, Leeds Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell Although a fictional novel, I felt a great empathy for Eleanor and her family. I would recommend this book as it demonstrates how nobody truly knows what somebody has going on in their daily life or in their own home. One thing I took away from this book was to be kind always, and sometimes all somebody needs is for someone to listen to them. — Shannon Leigh Mullally, Coventry Learning Activism by Aziz Choudry A good summary of the intellectual sides of being an activist, a man who is well experienced shares his experiences to help a new generation. — James Hensman, Fareham Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan This easy read is written from the point of view of two young campaigners and covers the issues they find with campaigning for gender equality in their (supposedly) forward-thinking school. It’s an inspiring and interesting read for young campaigners and touches lightly on major issues in a relatable way. — Ione Gildroy, Leicestershire A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa by Howard W. French It’s important to know the history of the countries and continents you’re advocating for. One thing I would take away from the book is that there is always more than meets the eye and there is a reason for everything. It explores the internal and external factors that have led African countries to where they are today and how we can get involved with its progress going forward. No matter your knowledge, it’ll show you a different view worth exploring. — Trudy Kirabo, Sittingbourne The White Album by Joan Didion Reading Didion trying to make sense of unthinkable situations and what she has no control over feels strangely familiar and oddly comforting. She manages to put words on those confused feelings you get when we hear horrifying breaking news or experience social unrest. I’ve found reading her personal take on those decades of the 20th century is a great way to understand better the influence of those years on today’s social and political landscape. — Adeline Amar, Edinburgh Looking for more great reads? Check out the booksguaranteed to change your world view recommended by our Policy Team! ONE welcomes the contributions of guest bloggers but does not necessarily endorse the views, programs, or organisations highlighted.
  13. By Daniele Selby JUNE 8, 2018 ENVIRONMENT Ikea Will Phase Out Single-Use Plastics From Its Stores by 2020 The Swedish furniture giant is going green. Ikea doesn’t just want to make your home look better — it’s also hoping to make the world a better place. In the past year, the furniture giant has started selling solar panel kits and donating mattresses to refugees, and now it’s doing its part to tackle the world’s massive plastic problem. The Swedish company announced on Thursday that it will phase out single-use plastic products — including straws, cups, plates, and bags — from its stores and restaurants globally by 2020. “Our ambition is to become people and planet positive by 2030 while growing the Ikea business,” Inter Ikea Group CEO Torbjörn Lööf said in a press release. Take Action: #SayNoToPlastic The company’s pledge to phase out plastic follows the European Union’s recent announcement of its plan to ban 10 types of single-use plastic items. Ikea has big plans for 2020. The furniture-maker previously promised to swap oil-based plastics in its products for plastics made from recycled materials by August 2020, and plans to be 100% renewable by then, too. It’s already invested $2 billion in renewable energy and installed approximately 750,000 solar panels on its buildings, CNN Money reported. The company also aims to achieve zero emissions by 2025, according to the BBC. Plastic pollution is a massive problem that can be devastating to both marine life and life on land. More than 75% of the plastic that has ever been made has been thrown away. And much of that plastic makes its way to the ocean where marine creatures mistakenly consume it or become ensnared in it. An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans every year — that’s approximately one full garbage truck of plastic every minute. Read more: The ‘Pepsi Lobster’ Isn’t Alone. These 5 Other Animals Were Harmed by Plastic But it’s not just plastic waste that’s harmful to the planet; it’s also the production of the material. Producing plastic creates a large carbon footprint, and relies on the use of oil and fossil fuels, the extraction of which damages the environment and contributes to climate change. “Through our size and reach we have the opportunity to inspire and enable more than one billion people to live better lives, within the limits of the planet,” Lööf said. Global Citizen campaigns to protect the environment and halt climate change. You can take action here to help preserve our planet by encouraging companies and people to find alternatives to plastic. TOPICSEnvironmentPlastic pollutionRenewable EnergyPlasticsSingle Use PlasticIKEARecycled Material
  14. By Chris Gelardi MAY 8, 2018 1 ENVIRONMENT This NYC Luxury Building Has the Air-Purifying Power of 500 Trees Is it the future of clean air or a ploy to sell more apartments? View image on Twitter See New York YIMBY's other Tweets Twitter Ads info and privacy A new 25-story residential building in New York City’s trendy SoHo neighborhood is making headlines. Like so many new high-rises in downtown Manhattan, the cheapest available apartment at 570 Broome Street is listed for more than $1 million. But it’s not the price of the units in the building that has people talking — it's the material on its facade. Take Action: Ensure All Communities Can Withstand Climate Disaster Firma: Garanticemos que todas las comunidades puedan soportar desastres climáticos PASA A LA ACCIÓN The building’s exterior is coated with a spray-on solution called Pureti, which actively clears the air of pollution. According to Quartz, 570 Broome has enough Pureti to give it the air-purifying power of 500 trees, which is the equivalent of taking 2,000 cars off the road for a year. Pureti’s main ingredient is titanium dioxide, a “photocatalytic” compound that reacts with ultraviolet rays to kickstart two different three-step chemical processes that convert harmful gases into harmless ones. These processes naturally repeat millions of times per second, effectively cleansing the air around the building. The solution can be used on more than just buildings’ exteriors. Pureti spray has been developed for lighting fixtures, windows, fabrics, cars — anything that regularly gets direct exposure to light. Titanium oxide-based photocatalytic technology has been in development since 2004, and numerous studies have demonstrated its effectiveness at chemically altering certain types of harmful particles; however, some more recent studies call into question the practicality of using such technologies on surfaces to combat air pollution. A 2016 study on photocatalytic surfaces and nitrogen dioxide, a harmful gas, concluded that “it is not physically possible for large enough volumes of air to interact with the surface under normal atmospheric conditions.” Therefore, while these air-cleaning facades seem like a great idea, it’s unlikely they will “remove sufficient molecules” to impact the surrounding air quality. The study also found that, over time, photocatalytic surfaces release harmful substances like nitrous acid and formaldehyde, which can negate the technology’s positive effects. Just last year, French and Chinese scientists reported that, over time, titanium dioxide-based paints release carcinogenic compounds and nanoparticles into the air. Therefore, the technology’s current practicality for improving air quality is “dubious,” and “lots of effort is needed to make this technology viable for air quality improvement.” Read More: Finland Has the Cleanest Air in the World, Report Finds Despite the questions surrounding the efficacy of the technology, Pureti proponents are eager to see it used in cities across the world. Glen Finkel, the co-founder and president of Pureti, told Quartz that his product will soon be used on buildings in Spain, Argentina, and Turkey, and that he’s targeting China, Europe, Mexico, and the Middle East for future development. Sustainable and green buildings are a particularly promising area for luxury real estate investors, veteran real estate broker Shlomi Reuveni told Mansion Global. “New technologies and sustainable technology will drive the market in years to come,” he said. Tahir Demircioglu, the architect behind 570 Broome, views Pureti as “a win-win situation” for the environment and the real estate industry, as luxury developers in competitive markets with affordable housing crises like New York City look for ways to sell the peace of mind that comes with living in an eco-friendly building. However, with the efficacy of high-profile sustainability technologies like Pureti still uncertain, it calls into question whether real estate developers actually have any interest in improving the environment, or whether they merely want to make their buildings seem eco-friendly. Global Citizen campaigns on the United Nations’ Global Goals, which call on countries to provide clean air for their citizens. You can take action on this issue here. TOPICSEnvironmentScienceTechnologyNew York CityUSClean AirAir PollutionDevelopmentChemistryReal Estate
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    Hello all music lovers!! I've been following U2 for a few years so now and then. They have surely made more then once made and 180 and 360 journey in their music and show material. One thing I don't get, the constant returning of the one covert eye by the lead singer Bono.... May looks incense and even if so, the suggestion of being part of the control by the illuminati keeps getting to mind. I really thought they where Christians as I have read in other topics, in the world as it is now, being true and clear what your standing for is really important as they have a lot of influence on their fans.. So... Could anyone help me getting a more clear picture on this matter. Would be much appreciated. Greetings and kindness Denn
  16. 45 005 afternoon all. Not been around much recently as been having some medical issues which has been quite stressful but I think I'm almost back on track now. Hope all is good with everyone. 🙂🙂
  17. Issues About Rewards Global Citizen Events Partners Global Citizen Programs Videos Store About Us Search Iniciar sesiónRegistrarse Take ActionRewardsFestivalImpact Girls & WomenHealthEducationFinance & InnovationFood & HungerWater & SanitationEnvironmentCitizenship By Erica Sanchez and Sushmita Roy JUNE 19, 2019 15 ENVIRONMENT Costa Rica Has Banned Styrofoam — A Major Win for the Environment Fines for using styrofoam range from about $760 to $7,600. Why Global Citizens Should Care Costa Rica has rolled out many revolutionary environmental policies in the last decade making it a leader in fighting climate change and pollution. In 2010, Costa Rica pledged to become the world’s first carbon neutral country by 2021, and as of 2018, 73.8% of Costa Rica’s electricity was generated through hydroelectric plants, while the remaining energy was sourced from wind, geothermal energy, biomass and solar energy. The United Nations’ Global Goals call on countries to create sustainable economies and protect the environment and Costa Rica is surely leading the way. You can join us in taking action on this issue here. After rolling out a national strategy to drastically reduce plastic use by 2021 last year, Costa Rica is now taking its environmental protection efforts a step further by banning the use of styrofoam containers. The new legislation, signed on Thursday, prohibits the import, marketing, and distribution of polystyrene containers — commonly referred to as styrofoam — throughout the country. The legislation will go into effect in 24 months after it is officially published in the government newsletter, La Gaceta. The legislation is now awaiting President Carlos Alvarado’s signature, and then will be sent to the national printer for publication in La Gaceta. Fines for violations range from $763 (446,200Costa Rican Colon) to $7,629 (4.46 million Costa Rican Colon). The government is required to aid companies in adapting to environmentally friendly containers before the law is fully enforced. “This initiative is a giant step for public health, the environment, and the economy of the country because styrofoam generates great pollution,” said legislator Paola Vega. Plastic is a major environmental pollutant in Costa Rica which accounts for only 0.03% of the earth’s surface but contains 6% of the world’s biodiversity. To preserve one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, plastic waste and other forms of pollution have to be controlled and kept in check. Firma: Comprométete a eliminar el plástico del planeta PASA A LA ACCIÓN In an effort to significantly reduce plastic pollution, President Alvarado ordered the restriction of the use of plastics in all the country’s public institutions last year. According to the guidelines set by the president, public school cafeterias, health system institutions, and prisons should avoid single-use plastics such as dishes, disposable cups, and cutlery. Styrofoam, or expanded polystyrene, is one of the most widely used forms of plastic, mostly found in items like cups, take-out containers, and plates. Solid polystyrene is used to make everything from plastic cutlery to yogurt cups to DVD cases. Read More: 10 Facts About Plastic Pollution You Absolutely Need to Know Although, styrofoam is technically recyclable, it can only be recycled if it is clean, un-dyed, and uncontaminated which is especially difficult since it is widely used to hold food. Experts believe that it may take styrofoam anywhere between 500 and 1 million years to naturally decompose. Most of the product ultimately ends up in landfills and water bodies. Once consumed by microorganisms such as plankton or smaller fish, these contaminated particles enter the food chain, dangerously affecting our health. Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health will take the responsibility of regulating the ban on styrofoam in the country and will impose sanctions if required. TOPICSEnvironmentPlastic pollutioncambio climaticomedio ambientePlastic Wastepolucion plasticaCosta RicaStyrofoamespuma de poliestireno
  18. By Leah Rodriguez MAY 21, 2019 44 EDUCATION Cafeteria Worker Fired for Serving Free Lunch to Student Who Couldn't Pay The New Hampshire employee was let go for “theft.” Why Global Citizens Should Care When low-income children can’t afford to eat, the burden often falls on educators. Ensuring all students receive proper nutrition to thrive at school, is key to ending poverty. You can join us in taking action on this issue here. When a high school student at Mascoma Valley Regional High School in Canaan, New Hampshire, came down the lunch line, but couldn’t pay, cafeteria worker Bonnie Kimball served him a meal for free. A week later, Kimball lost her job. Kimball claims she knew the student his entire life, and trusted that when she asked him to pay next time, his parents would send the $8 to cover the lunch debt. The next day, April 4, the student brought in the money but the district manager at Cafe Services, which operates the cafeteria, fired her from her job of nearly five years, according to CNN. The incident has highlighted child hunger in schools on a national level. Tweet Now: Share How Technology is Solving Food Waste and Hunger PASA A LA ACCIÓN Claire Bloom, founder and executive director of End 68 Hours of Hunger, a New Hampshire based volunteer-run program that provides children who rely on school lunches with food over the weekend, said what happened to Kimball reflects a larger systemic issue. “Here we’re talking about someone who got fired for trying to help a child because they violated the rules — clearly there’s something wrong with the rules,” Bloom told Global Citizen over the phone. Cafe Services told Kimball that she committed theft by serving lunch to the student, according to CNN. “To me, letting that kid go hungry because he didn't bring any money that day, that would have been wrong," Kimball told NBC. A spokesperson for Cafe Services said that the student still would have received a complete lunch — an entree, or sandwich plus two sides — even though he didn’t have money on hand, according to NBC. Kimball let the student take à la carte items, instead of serving him the meal of the day. Read More: This Eighth Grader Launched a Movement to Pay Off His School District's Lunch Debt School policies that restrict what children can order at the cafeteria based on finances, and limit food options to less nutritious alternatives, are referred to as “lunch shaming.” Lunch shaming can ostracize low-income students, embarrass them, and make it harder to thrive at school if they’re distracted by whether or not they can afford to eat. This month, one Rhode Island school district came under fire for punishing students who had lunch debt with cold meals. The public has supported Kimball’s decision to cut the student a break, rather than limit his lunch options. Kimball set up a GoFundMe on March 16 and has since raised over $8,000. Students have rallied against Cafe Service’s decision, and two other employees in the lunchroom quit following Kimball’s firing, according to CNN. View image on Twitter 4,973 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy Celebrity chef José Andrés — known for founding World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters — also offered Kimball a job with his food group. 2,812 people are talking about this Cafe Services rehired Kimball on Friday, but she refused the offer, accordingto the Associated Press. Bloom said that Kimball’s situation isn’t unique to New Hampshire. End 68 Hours of Hunger is in 46 districts in the US, in seven states. Bloom said educators find themselves in situations like Kimball’s where they want to feed hungry students all the time. “It’s happening in every school district in America — nurses, guidance counselors, and teachers have to keep snacks in their classroom to give to students who don’t have food to eat,” she explained. The advocacy group No Kid Hungry found that 60% of teachers surveyed said they often buy food for students, spending an average of $300 a year. Some school districts have tried to make sure no child goes hungry, by serving leftovers to students who can’t afford to pay, according to Bloom. But this method has led cafeteria workers to ensure there are enough leftovers by cooking more food, which cuts into a school’s budget, she said. There are more than 12 million children struggling with hunger each year, according to the US Department of Agriculture. Hunger can negatively affect children’s performance and behavior in school, and Bloom believes providing food to all students is the only way to build future generations who are strong. “Every single student in America should get breakfast and lunch,” she said. “Then we don’t have to choose between who’s poor and not poor.” TOPICSEducationFood & HungerNew HampshireChild HungerLunch Shaming
  19. I see there are still over 1200 GA available. Not looking good for second show
  20. By Imogen Calderwood OCT. 24, 2018 19 EDUCATION You Have to Hear Meghan Markle's Passionate Speech About Girls' Education She’s on tour in Fiji with her husband Prince Harry. Why Global Citizens Should Care Quality education for everyone is one of the UN’s Global Goals to end extreme poverty. But as well as being a goal in itself, it is also instrumental in unlocking so many others — including reduced inequalities, decent work and economic growth, and peace, justice, and strong institutions. If any of us are missing out on education, the whole world loses out. Join us by raising your voice for education here. Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has just made her first speech of the current royal tour — and we’re a big fan of her chosen topic, girls’ education. Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, are currently in Fiji, having already spent several days in Australia. Next, they’ll be heading to Tonga and New Zealand, before returning to Australia. On their second day in Fiji, on Tuesday, Meghan and Harry headed to the University of the South Pacific in Suva to address students. Take Action: Encourage Girls & Women to Follow Their Dreams Send Email: Kenya: Please Keep Your Promise! Step Up Funds for Education 17.427 / 5.000 acciones realizadas PASA A LA ACCIÓN Más información And Markle, herself a graduate of Northwestern University in Illinois, in the United States, spoke passionately about the importance of education. “The journey of higher education is an incredible, impactful, and pivotal one,” she said. “I am also fully aware of the challenges of being able to afford this level of schooling for many people around the world, myself included.” “It was with scholarships, financial aid programmes, and work study from my earnings from a job on campus that went directly towards my tuition that I was able to attend university, and without question it was worth every effort,” she continued. 243 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy “Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive education that they want but, more importantly, the education that they have the right to receive. And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital,” she said. “Providing them with access to education is the key to economic and social development, because when girls are given the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures — not only for themselves but for all of those around them,” she said. “And while progress has been made in many areas across the Commonwealth, there’s always room to offer more opportunities to the next generation of young adults and specifically to young women.” Related StoriesSept. 17, 2018Meghan Markle Has Been Secretly Visiting This Grenfell Community Kitchen Since January She also used the occasion to announce two new grants to be awarded to Fiji National University and the University of the South Pacific from the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which Queen Elizabeth II is patron of, and which works to support universities to promote equality. The grants will go to supporting each of the universities in running workshops to empower their female staff. 15 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy “This means that female faculty embers are able to encourage others to follow in their footsteps and enter higher education, and that more women become part of the decision-making process in academic institutions,” Markle added. “Grants like this will ensure that women are provided with the training and skills to operate effectively in their role, and that those with leadership potential are given the opportunity to be heard and recognised at the most senior level,” she said. Related StoriesMay 7, 2019It's a Boy! Here Are 7 Global Citizen Baby Names We'd Love Meghan and Harry to Pick “My husband Harry and I wish you all the very best of luck as you continue your studies and your work,” she said. “Your efforts now will help to make a positive future for each of you and your communities at large.” The speech was reportedly only Meghan’s second as a member of the British royal family — the first being a speech at the launch of her charity cookbook, created with members of the Grenfell community in London, last month. It comes as Markle was also named one of the top 100 most influential black people in Britain on the annual Powerlist, which honours the UK’s most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage. Ric Lewis topped the list, as chief executive and chairman of Britain’s largest black-owned and led company, Tristan Capital Partners, reported the Guardian. Lewis is also founder of the Black Heart Foundation, which supports young people in accessing a greater range of opportunities — such as through offering funding for further education. TOPICSGender EqualityWomen's RightsEducationUKBritainGirls' EducationAustraliaPrince HarryRoyal FamilyMeghan MarkleNew ZealandFijiTongaGirls' Rights COMMENTS
  21. In the midst of competing in the The 2nd European Games 2019 in Minsk, champion athletes from Team Ireland took time out of their busy competing schedules to host a reception for 25 young adults with disabilities who are supported by Chernobyl Children International (CCI). The team, which is comprised over 65 athletes across 9 disciplines, also presented tickets for competitions to the group of young adults who live in an institution for people with disabilities. Athletes took photos with the group and listened to stories of the sporting achievements of the young adults, many of whom train with Special Olympics through CCI. Chernobyl Children International would like to thank Team Ireland for their hospitality and wish every member of the team success in the competition.
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  23. 529 HEALTH New study gives hope we can be the generation to end AIDS 24 May 2019 3:51PM UTC | By: BEN MAITLAND, KATIE RYAN ADD YOUR NAME Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS EmailSign Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Good news can be hard to find these days. But, results recently shared from a new study on HIV transmission cast a bright light on the fight to end the preventable disease. The Lancet announcement that antiretroviral therapy (ART) can prevent HIV transmission between men who have sex with men is a big deal for several reasons. We have the tools to defeat HIV/AIDS Little more than a decade ago, the AIDS crisis seemed virtually unstoppable. Now, we know we can prevent the transmission of HIV if people living with HIV start and stay on treatment. In past studies, it was found that the risk of HIV transmission is effectively zero for heterosexual couples when the partner living with HIV is on virally suppressive ART. In The Lancet’s most recent study, this same level of evidence was found for men who have sex with men. Among all couples involved in the study, there was an HIV transmission rate of zero because the HIV viral load was suppressed by ART! We could be the generation to end AIDS This evidence further confirms that this can be the generation to end AIDS if we put these lessons into practice. Today, access to treatment is far from certain in the countries most in need. The prognosis for a person living with HIV – and their ability to prevent the spread of infection – is increasingly determined by where they live. In 2017, 1.8 million people contracted HIV — about two-thirds of these new infections occurred in sub-Saharan Africa. Much of this transmission occurs because one out of every four people with HIV are unaware of their status. Almost 1 million people died from AIDS-related causes in 2017. But to make sure these newly discovered results have an impact for everyone living with HIV, we need our leaders to demonstrate they are as committed to ending AIDS as the scientists and clinicians on the front lines. Luckily, our leaders have a powerful opportunity to unleash a wave of untapped resource and human potential that will have a transformational effect on communities and economies around the world. The Global Fund In October, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will host its Sixth Replenishment. We’re asking world leaders and private investors to come together and help save 16 million lives between 2021 and 2023 by meeting their replenishment goal of at least US$14 billion. This investment is the bold ambition the world needs to get us back on track to stop the spread of these diseases. To continue funding life-saving programs like this one, we need world leaders to #StepUpTheFight by fully financing the Global Fund. Add your name now to tell world leaders they must back this bold initiative this year.
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