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CHARLIZE THERON SAYS AIDS IS 100% PREVENTABLE

By New You Editorial
Posted On Mar 27, 2017
CHARLIZE THERON SAYS AIDS IS 100% PREVENTABLE

 

When it comes to the subject about AIDS, Charlize Theron says it is very hard for her not do something about it. “I was born and raised in South Africa, a country that is hardest hit by this epidemic so it is very hard for me not to be personally involved, trying to find a cure, trying to help with prevention,”  said the actress. “We need all the help we can get to put an end to this once and for all – AIDS is 100% preventable.” Theron was invited to speak at the amFAR Hong Kong 2017 Gala in Hong Kong this past weekend. According to the venerable shoe designer, Kenneth Cole, amFAR is committed to finding a cure by 2020. Describing the importance of amFAR in Asia, Cole said that TREAT ASIA is a co-operative network of 32 clinical hospitals and research institutions across Asia Pacific region. “This unique network’s success speaks to the unprecedented value of global collaboration.”  Speaking after Cole on the podium, Theron described the devastation that AIDS has afflicted on her home country. “I won’t bore you with the statistics, but there is one number I find shocking every time I hear it – two million,” she said. “That is the number of children in South Africa who have lost one or both their parents to AIDS – two million children. It is a huge number that speaks to the scale of the epidemic and the devastating toll on families.” Theron went on to say that there are many disenfranchised people falling through the cracks. “We have to focus our efforts on those communities who are most vulnerable and that are in the most need of education and prevention,” she added. She also advised people to get involved by attending gala events to support amFAR in its effort to find a cure, confront stigma and discrimination at every possible turn, and invest in the children. “One of the most effective weapons against HIV is investing in the empowerment of the youth because they will be the new activists that will end this epidemic,” she said. “As Nelson Mandela once said, ‘history will surely judge us harshly if we do not respond with all the energy and resources that we can bring to bear in the fight against AIDS.’”