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Finding a Collective Voice for the Plenary Stage

Posted 28 July 2012, 02:30 A, by Guest

By Cheryl Overs, Senior Research Fellow, Michael Kirby Centre, Monash University

Last year I was refused boarding at Heathrow to go to the U.S., seemingly because there was information “on the system” that said I was a person of moral turpitude. I say seemingly because I don’t really know. U.S. immigration doesn’t explain its decisions. What we do know is that anyone who has worked in the sex industry, even in a legal capacity and even decades ago can be prohibited from entering the U.S. That is enough to make it very dangerous for sex workers to come to the International AIDS Conference by obtaining a visa without admitting to having been involved in the sex industry. So we hatched the idea of a conference hub in Kolkata, amid much debate about the politics of compromise. Those debates will no doubt continue through the conference, and I was delighted to be invited to give a plenary presentation to contribute to them. I am also pleased to have had a visa granted, because I am a person of high moral standing on any analysis and any slur on that is difficult to live with.  More...

Interfaith pre-conference, “Taking Action for Health, Dignity, and Justice”

Posted 29 June 2012, 08:30 P, by Guest

By Sarah Speicher, Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance

Hundreds of representatives of different faiths around the world are expected to gather in Washington, D.C. to participate in AIDS 2012, the XIX International AIDS Conference on 22-27 July 2012.

Just days before, however, many will attend an interfaith conference at Howard University that will look at the current challenges and opportunities in developing an effective response to HIV.

The interfaith pre-conference, “Taking Action for Health, Dignity, and Justice” will be held on 20-21 July. Participants will focus on the response to HIV from faith communities, and will explore both advocacy and on the ground responses during three plenary sessions and numerous workshops. More...

Building a Programme that Can Turn the Tide on HIV

Posted 17 May 2012, 04:16 A, by Conference Leadership

By Anouk Rey, International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference Director

AIDS 2012 comes at a defining moment in the HIV epidemic, but it can only play a pivotal role in turning the tide on HIV if it has a strong programme.  Built by a diverse group of more than 1,500 reviewers and committee members from a record number of abstract submissions and programme applications, the conference programme is shaping up to deliver on that promise.

With the announcement  that the conference programme-at-a-glance will go live on the AIDS 2012 website on June 8 we wanted to provide an in-depth look at how the conference programme is put together. More...