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Stephen H. Lewis (2001-2006)
Peter Piot (2007-2009)
Michel Sidibé (2009-2011)
Related Organizations:
World Health Organization

UNAIDS is the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS that works towards achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.[1] UNAIDS established in 1994 by a resolution of the UN Economic and Social Council and launched in January 1996.[2]

Stephen Lewis - Former head of UNAIDS

Stephen Henry Lewis, CC, born November 11, 1937,[3] is a Canadian politician,[4] broadcaster, diplomat and former head of UNAIDS. He is Jewish (why this is important),[5] and a very outspoken feminist.[6] Lewis is a vehement promoter of male circumcision, particularly infant male circumcision (as HIV prevention policy).[7] Lewis calls circumcision "inspired preventive technology." Lewis is very close friends with Bill Clinton.[8][9] Stephen was the leader of the democratic socialist Ontario New Democratic Party for most of the 1970s. In the mid-1980s, he was appointed as Canada's United Nations ambassador. He quit in 1988 and worked at various United Nations agencies during the 1990s. In the 2000s, he served a term as the United Nations' special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, and head of UNAIDS.[10]


There was some titter of laughter and gentile applause which resonated throughout the room. So I felt it was the appropriate moment to tell the crowd that I was circumcised. Which I did. There followed what can only be described as an Orgy of Male Bonding. I have never been so embraced and hugged so extravagantly by numbers of people simultaneously as they conveyed to me that they understood the importance of circumcision and recognized that it's withstood the transmission of the virus.
Stephen H. Lewis[11]
The most unexpected and successful preventative technology, which has been chronicalled in the last couple of years, is male circumcision.
Stephen H. Lewis[12]

See also

External links

  • REFweb (2020). HIV/AIDS, Doctors Opposing Circumcision. Retrieved 16 July 2020.


  1. REFweb UNAIDS. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  2. REFnews (3 November 2008)."UNAIDS: The First 10 Years", UNAIDS. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  3. Smith, p.258 (more here)
  4. MacDonald, pp. 151-152 (more here)
  5. REFbook Smith, Cameron (1989): Unfinished Journey: The Lewis Family. Edition: 1. p. 330. Summerhill Press. ISBN 0-929091-04-3.
  6. REFweb Lewis, Stephen (2 February 2010). Stephen Lewis Co-Dir, Aids free world. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  7. REFweb AIDSFreeWorld (6 January 2010). Male Circumcision, part 1. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  8. REFweb garymcnutt (24 September 2006). Stephen Lewis on Gender Equality. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  9. REFweb clintonfoundationorg (4 October 2009). A Special Discussion with President Clinton on World AIDS Day.. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  10. REFweb Toye, Suelan (14 September 2010). Stephen Lewis, humanitarian, diplomat and activist, appointed a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University, Ryerson University. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  11. Fora, TV. (2008). Stephen Lewis: disease and climate change in Africa.
  12. Fora, TV. (2008). Stephen Lewis: disease and climate change in Africa.