The Board and the staff of the International AIDS Society mourn the passing of Alan Brotherton, a global leader in HIV activism, from the earliest days in Australia and working in Asia-Pacific and internationally.
The impact of Alan´s role in the fight against HIV and AIDS will be felt forever - he was a fearless champion in the very early days of the disease for those people most affected. Alan chaired People Living With HIV/AIDS NSW and Australia’s National Association of People Living With HIV/AIDS (NAPWA) - both are indebted to Alan´s energy and foresight in those darkest days where he played a central role in establishing the organisations and energising the treatment activism movements.
Over three decades Alan left his mark on HIV Policy in Australia working for the NGO and Government sectors. Much of what is good, fair and honest in HIV policy in Australia is a testament to Alan´s passion, perseverance and acute political mind. His contribution to the HIV response continued on a wider stage with his important roles at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and as Director of Policy and Communications at the International AIDS Society.
The global HIV community, and public health more broadly has lost a truly committed friend, someone whose work will live on but at the same time someone whose passing leaves a huge hole in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The IAS extends its deepest sympathies to Alan’s partner Luke as well as Alan’s family and friends.