Continuing their series on ”HIV/AIDS: Local, National, and Global Perspectives,” VCU’s Humanities Research Center and Theatre VCU will bring Justice Edwin Cameron to campus this Monday to discuss the legal and personal issues he’s experienced in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Justice Cameron, who sits on the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Justice Cameron will share about his personal involvement in the struggle to ensure just and humane treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. As a long-time leader in HIV/AIDS and gay-rights activism, Justice Cameron is the author of the prize-winning autobiography, “Witness to AIDS,” and is a past recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights.
South Africa has the largest free anti-retro-viral program in the world, with about 1.5 million recipients in the national program. “That’s an enormous step forward,” said Justice Cameron about how his county’s program stalled while other counties moved more quickly on the issue. “I think denialism injured us, it set us back…”
Check out some words from the Justice below:
Cameron is 62, openly gay, and was diagnosed with HIV in 1986. He publicly disclosed his condition in 1999, citing a combination of personal and political reasons. He was diagnosed with AIDS almost 20 years ago.
He’ll be speaking Monday, April 18, at 5PM at the VCU Cabell Library (901 Park Ave.) Lecture Hall (RM303). Find out more here. This event is free and open to the public! No ticket is required.