Ashley Judd joined YouthAIDS as Global Ambassador in 2002 after seeing the effects of HIV/AIDS on communities and children in the United States and around the globe. With no cure in sight, and the realization that education is the only way to prevent the spread of this disease, Ashley uses her celebrity status to speak on behalf of those without a voice and to promote YouthAIDS’ programs to provide young adults with immediate solutions for fighting AIDS.
Ashley says education and prevention is the best way to combat AIDS and HIV, which disproportionately affect women and girls and prey upon the vulnerable and less fortunate.
The actress met with HIV/AIDS orphans in India, including two sisters, ages 9 and 12, whose parents died in quick succession after their father infected their mother with the disease.
“It’s very real and it’s real stories and real heartache and also real opportunity to focus on a solution that is very cost effective and has an extraordinarily meaningful impact in the lives of young people,” Judd said.
Read Ashley’s Journal from India here, on One.org.