All the 13 Perspectives of AIDS

Different people and organizations present different images. The most common is that AIDS is mostly linked to medicine and statistics. It is perhaps not surprising, given that it is a disease? Even though, it is not a disease in the normal sense. Maybe this is the reason why the world has not yet been able to handle the impact of AIDS better? Unlike most other diseases, young people in the most productive ages, and whom are otherwise healthy and prosperous, are most affected, and it is a disease linked to the most private – our sexuality. This can never be reduced to numbers on a list showing HIV prevalence rates.

Since 1989, when I started working on HIV prevention, I have tried to understand AIDS as the phenomenon it is. It has also been difficult to understand why so many people and organizations still have not been able to achieve satisfactory results to halt or at least slow down the pandemic, despite millions of dollars spent by different stakeholders.
Successful work can be achieved when the persons, organisations and authorities involved understand AIDS and its different perspectives. I hope that my presented cocept of
All the 13 Perspectives of AIDS will lead one step closer to this understanding.

The following perspectives are presented in the order in which I consider to be the most important, on the basis of HIV prevention. There are many questions raised in each perspective. Some of the questions are rhetorical and some need answers. We who work in these areas have a responsibility to reflect on this and act in accordance with the overall image that I hereby want to convey.
First is the Political Perspective. You can find the other perspectives under the
All the 13 Perspectives bar at the top of the page or through the links in the sidebar, on the right.
Connected to these perspectives, I have also developed a practical tool in the form of a checklist on how to use All the 13 Perspectives of AIDS when planning for an implementing HIV prevention programmes and projects.