Taylor was an English-American actress, businesswoman and humanitarian.

July 21, 2016

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Quinn Tivey, Laela Wilding, Fin Mcmurray and Rhys Tivey at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban.

The darling of old Hollywood cinema, the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor, was brought to life when her grandchildren descended upon Durban for the 21st AIDS Conference.

Laela Wilding, Finn Mcmurray, and Quinn and Rhys Tivey are ambassadors for The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) at the conference.  Images of Taylor are on display as part of a major photographic exhibition, presented by the Getty Images Gallery in London.

Taylor was an English-American actress, businesswoman and humanitarian.  She was passionately committed to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS .  The legendary actress co-founded amfAR, where she helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for AIDS research, and later ETAF, which focuses on direct care, prevention education, and advocacy.

Wilding spoke of how she was inspired by Taylor’s activism during her teenage years.    She believes that while South Africa has made positive progress in the reduction of mother to child transmissions, there is still more that needs to be done.

“Our goal is to reach 90-90-90*.  We hope to reduce the stigma surrounding the disease,” she said.  When asked if the conference was just another talkshop, Wilding said she didn’t believe so as there are people who are committed and dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS at the conference.

*90-90-90 – By 2020, 90 percent of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90 percent of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90 percent of all people receiving anti-retroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

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