Quotes About HIV and AIDS



"Can we watch one-quarter of some countries' people die? Can 27 million orphans be left to fend for themselves? We may not be able to solve the entire problem today, but let us not be discouraged from taking the steps necessary to begin the journey. "

118 bishops of the Episcopal Church, to President Bush and the US Congress, June 2001



"I believe that this could very well be looked back on as the sin of our generation...I believe that our children and their children, 40 or 50 years from now, are going to ask me, what did you do while 40 million children became orphans in Africa?"

Rich Stearns, President of World Vision, US



"History will judge us on how we respond to the AIDS emergency in Africa....whether we stood around with watering cans and watched while a whole continent burst into flames....or not."




"No war on the face of the Earth is more destructive than the AIDS pandemic."

Colin Powell



"Investment in AIDS will be repaid a thousand-fold in lives saved and communities held together."

Dr. Peter Piot, Executive Director, UNAIDS



"AIDS destroys families, decimates communities and, particularly in the poorest areas of the world, threatens to destabilize the social, cultural, and economic fabric of entire nations..."

Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism



"It's really important for people who are HIV positive to reach out to let other people know that they can be tested, they can find out they can still live a life -- a positive life, a happy life."

Laura Bush



"It takes a variety of strategies and initiatives to address this pandemic. It's about life and death and the survival of humanity."

US Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA)



"The global HIV/AIDS epidemic is an unprecedented crisis that requires an unprecedented response. In particular it requires solidarity -- between the healthy and the sick, between rich and poor, and above all, between richer and poorer nations. We have 30 million orphans already. How many more do we have to get, to wake up?"

Kofi Annan