Charlize Theron On Why So Many People Die From AIDS Related Causes
Actress Charlize Theron founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project in 2007 and has devoted much of her philanthropy work to the AIDS epidemic. Theron recently spoke at the 2016 International AIDS Conference where she asked the audience, why so many people are infected with HIV and why still so many die from AIDS related illnesses, Mic.com reports.
“The truth is, we have every tool we need to prevent the spread of HIV: condoms, PrEP, PEP, ART [antiretroviral therapy], awareness, education,” she said answering her own question. “And yet 2.1 million people — 150,000 of them children — were infected with HIV last year. In South Africa alone, 180,000 people died of AIDS last year.”
“The real reason we haven’t beaten this epidemic boils down to one simple fact: We value some lives more than others,” she added. “We value men more than women. Straight love more than gay love. White skin more than black skin. The rich more than the poor. And adults more than adolescents.”
“We ignore them,” she said. “We let them suffer, and then we let them die.”