March 23, 2011 – Today Treatment Action Group marks a sad day in the global fight against AIDS and for everyone whose lives were touched by the passion and genius of Elizabeth Taylor. TAG remembers her fierce advocacy for the human rights and dignity of people living with AIDS and people at risk for HIV, including the most marginalized and dispossessed. Elizabeth Taylor fiercely fought against the Clinton administration’s irrational refusal to support needle exchange and harm reduction programs to prevent the spread of HIV among drug users and their communities. At amfAR, she supported visionary, early community-based needle exchange programs that provided the evidence to reduce HIV transmission among drug users to less than 1% year, setting the stage for growing adoption of these interventions by public health authorities world wide. TAG is grateful to Elizabeth Taylor for her strong support of AIDS research advocacy. Above all, TAG remembers and will mourn Elizabeth Taylor’s profound ability to touch our lives, changing hearts and minds, and focusing our attention on our common humanities.
We extend our deepest condolences to Elizabeth Taylor’s family, friends and loved ones around the world.