QUOTES and APHORISMS on AIDS and HIV
AIDS does not
inevitably lead to death, especially if you suppress the co-factors
that support the disease. It is very important to tell this to
people who are infected.
AIDS is a global problem and there should be a global solution found
by the entire international community. It is really scary to see and
imagine our world fall into pieces because we refuse to share and
put in the common vestiges of our civilizations.
AIDS is a judgment we have brought upon ourselves.
AIDS is an absolutely tragic disease. The argument about AIDS’ being
some kind of divine retribution is crap.
AIDS is not just God’s punishment for homosexuals; it is God’s
punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.
AIDS is the biggest challenge, the major disaster facing this
country and we would have wished for something more specific and
AIDS win be our first priority, but in two years’ time we don’t know
where AIDS research will stand, so we are also thinking of activity
on other diseases.
We were taking collections for people with AIDS in New York around
We’ve taken on the major health problems of the poorest –
tuberculosis, maternal mortality, AIDS, malaria – in four countries.
We’ve scored some victories in the sense that we’ve cured or treated
thousands and changed the discourse about what is possible.
When there’s a terrible illness like AIDS sweeping through, you help
When we walk away from global warming, Kyoto, when we are
irresponsibly slow in moving toward AIDS in Africa, when we don’t
advance and live up to our own rhetoric and standards, we set a
terrible message of duplicity and hypocrisy.
John F. Kerry
Wouldn’t it be great if you could only get AIDS by giving money to
You know it’s very difficult to be an actor, and to have people
depending on you to say the right line, at the right time, and to
not be able to hear your cues! I can’t tell you how many times I
would’ve had to have said What? if I didn’t have my hearing aids. So
my hearing aids are a life saver, and they allow me to practice my
And so popular culture raises issues that are very important,
actually, in the country I think. You get issues of the First
Amendment rights and issues of drug use, issues of AIDS, and things
like that all arise naturally out of pop culture.
As a nation we should commit ourselves not only to the fight against
terrorism, but to economic justice, defeat of the AIDS epidemic and
vestiges of discriminatory policies of all kinds.
As for AIDS, it’s a plague. We are human, we get plagues. They come
along every so often, kill off two thirds of the population; in the
next generation it’s a quarter; after that it’s a childhood disease.
Because I am not formally trained in the medical sciences, I can
bring in new ideas to AIDS research and the cross-fertilization of
ideas from different fields could be a valuable contribution to
finding the cure for AIDS.
Because I found myself telling the story of his family to people
without the visual aids that I was able to employ by filming them
eventually. But I very much knew exactly what I was going to do.
Because of the lack of education on AIDS, discrimination, fear,
panic, and lies surrounded me.
Being in the design industry, I’ve tended to meet more people who
are affected by HIV and AIDS.
Being, belief and reason are pure relations, which cannot be dealt
with absolutely, and are not things but pure scholastic concepts,
signs for understanding, not for worshipping, aids to awaken our
attention, not to fetter it.
Johann G. Hamann
But it is true that sometimes an enveloping darkness aids one to
clearer vision; as in a panorama building, for example, where the
obscurity about the entrance prepares one better for the climax, and
gives the scene depicted a more real and vivid appearance.
But try if you can to support, whether it’s AIDS or the cancer
foundation, so that someone else might survive, might prosper, and
might actually be cured of this dreaded disease.
Electronic aids, particularly domestic computers, will help the
inner migration, the opting out of reality. Reality is no longer
going to be the stuff out there, but the stuff inside your head.
It’s going to be commercial and nasty at the same time.
J. G. Ballard
Epidemics historically have tended to kill the very young and the
very old, but AIDS is different: Those ages 20 to 40 are most
affected, which means that so far over 12 million African children
have been orphaned because of AIDS.
HIV infection and AIDS is growing – but so too is public apathy. We
have already lost too many friends and colleagues.
I believe Aids is the most important issue we face, because how we
treat the poor is a reflection of who we are as a people.
I burned out on AIDS and did no AIDS work for a couple of years. I
was so angry that people were still getting this disease that nobody
can give you – you have to go out and get it!
I came into a strong organization, and I hope I strengthened it more
and expanded its capacity to deal with some of the challenges that
might not have seemed as great 10 years ago, such as H.I.V., AIDS
and children affected by war.
I don’t think President Bush is doing anything at all about Aids. In
fact, I’m not sure he even knows how to spell Aids.
I felt like calling attention to AIDS. I had the AIDS ribbon colored
into my hair during the playoffs in ’95.
I found out through the Internet that I have AIDS. I learned that I
was dead. Where else would I find these things?
I go to Malawi twice a year. It’s where two of my children were
adopted from, and I have a lot of projects there that I go and check
up on and children who I look after. It’s sort of a commitment that
I’ve made to this country and the hundreds of thousands of children
there who have been orphaned by AIDS.
I have a file of letters and bits of ephemera from friends who have
died. I have had lots of friends who died of AIDS.
I have had lots of friends who’ve been affected by Aids and a very
good friend of mine, Oscar Moore, died of Aids and I was with him in
his last year quite a bit. And of course he was a man living in a
very rich culture with a wealthy family who was able to afford
I have learned more about love, selflessness and human understanding
from the people I have met in this great adventure in the world of
AIDS than I ever did in the cutthroat, competitive world in which I
spent my life.
I know one man who was impotent who gave AIDS to his wife and the
only thing they did was kiss.
If we ever hope to rid the world of the political AIDS of our time,
terrorism, the rule must be clear: One does not deal with terrorists;
one does not bargain with terrorists; one kills terrorists.
If we only said safe sex, use a condom, we won’t stop the spread of
AIDS in this country.
If we stop exploring space, we’re going to lose the same part of us
that found vaccines and penicillin, the part that searches for cures
to cancer and AIDS.
In fact, a large majority of those have died and of those expected
to die of AIDS, as well as of those who are infected with the virus,
are in sub-Saharan Africa.
It doesn’t upset artists to find out that artists used lenses or
mirrors or other aids, but it certainly does upset the art
It is my mission to ensure that HIV-positive children and children
with AIDS are no longer overlooked and that they begin receiving the
treatment and care they deserve.
It was quite a ride and very conflicting for me, too – to be
nominated for an Oscar, to be straight and healthy, and to be
getting all these accolades while these people around me were
suffering and dying from AIDS.
It will kill four times as many Americans as AIDS will over the next
decade. I feel that what ever kind of disability God has given me,
as an entertainer and as a public figure, it is so I can be a
representative for others.
It’s an interesting line that I walk. The AIDS crisis has done a lot
for my songs and made them proliferate, and my songs have
contributed a lot to that cause as well.
It’s important not to lose sight of the fact people of all sorts are
still putting themselves at risk. It happens to straight and gay,
single and married. I have never been comfortable thinking of AIDS
as something that ‘other people’ get.
It’s not really that I’ve been an advocate for hearing aids for a
long time, it’s just that I’ve been losing my hearing for a long
time! So it’s actually very important for me because I’m actually
hearing impaired and I simply want to hear better!
Most recently my battle has been against AIDS and the discrimination
My name is Ryan White. I am sixteen years old. I have hemophilia,
and I have AIDS.
My play Safe Sex was picked apart because critics thought it was
untrue. It was a play in which no one had AIDS, but the characters
talked about how it was going to change their lives.
New drugs and surgical techniques offer promise in the fight against
cancer, Alzheimer’s, tuberculosis, AIDS, and a host of other
life-threatening diseases. Animal research has been, and continues
to be, fundamental to advancements in medicine.
On December 17, 1984, I had surgery to remove two inches of my left
lung due to pneumonia. After two hours of surgery the doctors told
my mother I had AIDS.
One does nothing who tries to console a despondent person with word.
A friend is one who aids with deeds at a critical time when deeds
are called for.
One is that if women’s sexuality in Africa wasn’t under assault, if
women were able to say no, if women weren’t subject to predatory
attacks by men, or predatory behaviour generally, then you would
have a disease in Africa called AIDS. But you wouldn’t have a
Our meaning is to make our little planet Earth a better place to
live, to stop wars, disarm nuclear missiles, to stop diseases, AIDS,
plague, cancer and to stop pollution.
Perhaps more than any other disease before or since, syphilis in
early modern Europe provoked the kind of widespread moral panic that
AIDS revived when it struck America in the 1980s.
Peter Lewis Allen
Questions have also arisen about AIDS being transmitted to
hemophiliacs via blood transfusions.
Roughly speaking, this hypothesis asks whether drug use causes some
of the diseases officially associated with AIDS, such as
immunodeficiency and Kaposi’s sarcoma.
Rumors of sneezing, kissing, tears, sweat, and saliva spreading AIDS
caused people to panic.
Small aids to individuals, large aid to masses.
Some say that AIDS came from the monkeys, and I doubt that because
we have been living with monkeys from time immemorial, others say it
was a curse from God, but I say it cannot be that.
That the AIDS pandemic is threatening sustainable development in
Africa only reinforces the reality that health is at the center of
Gro Harlem Brundtland
That’s why I wanted to be part of this AIDS Project Los Angeles
party. We help raise funds for those who are having a tough time
with some very basic necessities, like shelter, food, and medical
The African Union has to act in order to put an end to armed
conflicts that undermine the continent, to fight against the
devastation caused by AIDS and other contagious diseases, to promote
sustainable development of its member states.
The challenges surrounding HIV and AIDS are getting more complex and
mature, and we just can’t stick our heads in the sand and say ‘it
can’t happen to me.’
The desire to move into a bigger house, to avoid living AIDS daily,
and a dream to be accepted by a community and school, became
possible and a reality with a movie about my life, The Ryan White
The film itself involves a New York City radio storyteller, Gabriel
Noone, who strikes up a friendship with one of his fans, an abused
14-year-old teenager who is suffering from AIDS, who does not have
much longer to live.
The film was made in 1973. It was a golden time for people to
experiment without risking, for example, AIDS. Today one has to be
so much more careful and I don’t think a character like that could
The greatest grand challenge for any scientist is discovering how to
prevent the spread of HIV and finding the cure or an effective
vaccine for AIDS.
The hearing aids are very helpful for speech reading. Without the
hearing aids, my voice becomes very loud, and I cannot control the
quality of my voice.
The heart of the security agenda is protecting lives – and we now
know that the number of people who will die of AIDS in the first
decade of the 21st Century will rival the number that died in all
the wars in all the decades of the 20th century.
The message has become clearer to the nation about AIDS. People used
to think they could catch it all kinds of ways, but we now know that
it is absolutely passed through bodily fluids.
The music aids the message, it’s there to punctuate and abbreviate
and shape the silence.
The pandemic of AIDS is a gender-based disease.
The radical right is so homophobic that they’re blaming global
warming on the AIDS quilt.
The school I was going to said they had no guidelines for a person
The spirals of the helix should be as nearly approximated as
possible, as each aids by its heat that of its neighbour, or rather
diminishes the cooling effect of the gaseous atmosphere.
William Robert Grove
The trouble is it’s very difficult to pin-point the most important
thing because Aids affects everyone in different levels of society,
differently and you have to respond to it differently.
The U.S. government has in recent years fought what it termed wars
against AIDs, drug abuse, poverty, illiteracy and terrorism. Each of
those wars has budgets, legislation, offices, officials, letterhead
– everything necessary in a bureaucracy to tell you something is
There are two things that I put my focus on. One is the fight
against AIDS and finding a cure. The other is human rights.
There have been two popular subjects for poetry in the last few
decades: the Vietnam War and AIDS, about both of which almost all of
us have felt deeply.
I learned to speak first, and then to sign. I have never really
known what it was like to hear, so I can’t compare hearing aids to
I lost a very dear friend who lived with AIDS for about 17 years.
Rejecting early treatments that were iffy, he thought he saved
himself. I really miss him a lot.
I lost relatives to AIDS, a couple of my closest cousins. I lost
friends to AIDS, high-school friends who never even made it to their
21st birthdays in the ’80s. When it’s that close to you, you can’t
really deny it, and you can’t run from it.
I’m doing a very funny show in which we talk about issues. I speak
at Aids charities and things. It’s great to do something fun with
our days and yet we’re told we’re doing something important.
I’m grateful for doing those drugs, because they kept me from
getting laid and I would have gotten AIDS.
I’m not really religious but very spiritual. I give money to this
company that manufactures hearing aids on a regular basis. More
people should really hear me sing. I have a gift from God.
I’ve always wanted to write a book relating my experiences growing
up as a deaf child in Chicago. Contrary to what people might think,
it wasn’t all about hearing aids and speech classes or frustrations.
If Carter had been there when the AIDS crisis came up, it would have
been a whole different story. It could have been treated like a
If I were offered a cochlear implant today, I would prefer not to
have one. But that’s not a statement about hearing aids or cochlear
implants. It’s about who you are.
There’s a huge AIDS epidemic in Africa, and one of Bad Boy’s plans
this year is to give more awareness to that. We’re gonna be doing a
big charity concert helping to save some of the brothers and sisters
Think about it: Look at the strides of awareness and treatment and
tests that women have had with breast cancer, that the gay community
has had with AIDS, because they’re active and they talk about it.
This AIDS stuff is pretty scary. I hope I don’t get it.
To date, nearly 100,000 Hispanics have died with AIDS. Since
Hispanics are the fastest growing minority group in the United
States, our challenge is even greater.
To me, celebrity doesn’t mean a whole lot unless you’re willing to
use it. So I wanted to use it in a different way, with my AIDS work,
the human rights stuff for the gay and lesbian community and the
speaking I do.
We have common enemies today. It’s called childhood poverty. It’s
called cancer. It’s called AIDS. It’s called Parkinson’s. It’s
called Muscular Dystrophy.
We must encourage people to get educated, to get tested, to get
involved in the fight against AIDS.
We need men and women to sit down and talk to each other about sex
honestly and openly. That would help us fight Aids so immediately.
But our lack of communication is hugely problematic.
We started the AIDS virus. We are only able to maintain our level of
living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding