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20 years of service by and for women in the HIV epidemic

Posted 22 juin 2012, 07:45 , by Guest

By ICW Global Press Team

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW). Coincidentally, the International AIDS Conference is back to the United States after 22 years. It was at this conference 20 years ago that the ICW was formed.

Although the HIV epidemic was identified more than thirty years ago, people did not realize at that time that women were being infected and that, as time went on, they would become a significant group of the infected population. In the early 1990s, a group of women from different countries, diverse cultures, many languages, and with gender diversity met in London to discuss the epidemic from the perspective of women. These early discussions led to the formation of ICW Global the following year at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. More...

Count HIV-positive Women in at AIDS 2012!

Posted 15 juin 2012, 11:18 , by Guest

By Sonia Rastogi, U.S. Positive Women’s Network

T-minus 38 days until the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, D.C. This is my first International AIDS Conference. As a young woman living with HIV, I am excited because most of the HIV-positive U.S. women I know have never attended an International AIDS Conference. This is our opportunity to connect with women and girls living with HIV across the globe, to learn from each other, develop collective wisdom, and to strengthen a shared sense of urgency regarding priorities for women living with and vulnerable to HIV globally.

We are at a critical moment in HIV history. We have the science to end the epidemic and, equally as important, 30 years of community and grassroots knowledge and expertise on how to curb it. For the U.S., the conference falls in the thick of the 2012 election cycle; an election where our country’s access to affordable, quality health care, the protections against gender-based violence and women’s sexual and reproductive rights will once again be up for an archaic debate. More...

Clinical Care Options, LLC (CCO) for the 7th year official media partner of the International AIDS Society

Posted 04 juin 2012, 11:17 , by Guest

By Ed King, VP, Editorial, Clinical Care Options and Kate Evans, Senior Director of Program Development, Clinical Care Options

Clinical Care Options, LLC (CCO) is the leading provider of HIV professional education worldwide, with an active and continually growing membership that includes healthcare professionals from over 200 countries. The company specializes in developing the highest-quality independent interactive medical education programs, which are free to participants, in order to help HIV treaters apply best evidence-based practices for their patients.

2012 marks CCO’s 7th year as the exclusive official partner of the International AIDS Society for online scientific analysis of the annual meeting. As the International AIDS Conference returns to the US for the first time More...

Turning the tide together – what does it mean for children?

Posted 31 mai 2012, 10:39 , by Guest

By Priscilla Atwani Idele, PhD, UNICEF Statistic Expert and recipient of the 2010 IAS/CCABA Prize for Excellence in Research Related to the Needs of Children Affected by AIDS

Every two years, over 20,000 delegates attend the International AIDS Conference to deliberate on many issues around HIV and AIDS; to assess progress, present new science; to chart the way forward and turn the tide together! Who turns the tide for the children? Who speaks, acts, talks and fights for children at this mammoth biannual conference?

Children are without a voice or platform and are among the most vulnerable. Children depend on their caretakers for all their health and development needs – including HIV care and treatment for themselves and for their mothers.

We know HIV treatment works. Access to care and effective treatment to mothers, means that the risk of a child being born with HIV is almost non-existent. That child’s mother will live with HIV as she would with any chronic illness.

Turning the tide against HIV means ensuring health and survival of both mothers and their children. If children are to More...

Volunteering for the International AIDS Conference

Posted 24 mai 2012, 07:53 , by Guest

By John Von Dadelszen, Volunteer Coordinator at AIDS 2010

I was fortunate to be selected as a volunteer coordinator at AIDS 2010 in Vienna, Austria, where I was assigned to the Registration Area and the Global Village. Thanks to the vital work of volunteers, over 17,000 delegates and media representatives passed through the registration area, while in the Global Village members of the public, hosted groups and organizations gathered from around the world.

The first job that volunteers undertook was the preparation of conference bags for delegates, a task that involved a huge human chain production line. As volunteers dutifully arrived for the first shift, what was apparent was the selflessness determination that every individual displayed in undertaking what was not a particularly glamorous job. Before long, the sun was high and the temperature approached 30⁰C. More...

Key Correspondents (KC) of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance are getting ready for AIDS 2012

Posted 07 mai 2012, 10:59 , by Guest

By Hester Phillips, Programme Support Officer for the KC team. The KC team is an independent network, supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. The Alliance provides long distance mentoring for KCs plus training and reporting opportunities. It also provides international platforms to showcase KC work.

Hearing voices from the communities most affected by HIV is crucial to the global response to the epidemic. And as 25,000 delegates plan to attend AIDS 2012 in July, the Key Correspondents, a team of citizen journalists supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, are getting ready to give their perspective on proceedings.

The KC team is a global network of community-based writers from around 50 countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. A large number of KCs are people living with or affected by HIV. All are volunteers and include those working in advocacy, media, health and development. More...

Geneva 2012 on the way to AIDS 2012?

Posted 26 mars 2012, 08:47 , by Guest

By Eric Fleutelot, Deputy CEO, International, Sidaction

From March 25th-28th, Geneva will host the 6th Francophone Conference on HIV-AIDS: www.vihgeneve2012.com

It is estimated, according to the WHO, that 4 million of people live with HIV in francophone countries. Most of them, of course, live in West and Central Africa. The fight against HIV in French-speaking countries is very dynamic, but it’s a fact that the ART coverage rate in those countries are, in average, lower than in other parts of Africa, and there are a lot of disparities, between Rwanda with a coverage rate of 80% and the République Démocratique du Congo with only 12%. More...

Women’s Rights, Women’s Leadership: Essential Ingredients to Turning the Tide on the U.S. HIV Epidemic

Posted 10 mars 2012, 06:06 , by Guest

By Naina Khanna, U.S. Positive Women’s Network Coordinator and WORLD Policy Director and Sonia Rastogi, U.S. Positive Women’s Network/WORLD Advocacy Coordinator

This National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, U.S. Positive Women's Network (PWN)), one of two community partners for AIDS 2012, calls for full integration of HIV care and prevention with sexual and reproductive healthcare and violence prevention and counseling services. To ensure this happens, we demand the meaningful involvement of women living with and affected by HIV in the development of all policies and programs addressing the domestic epidemic.

2012 is a tide-turning year in the global history of HIV. Due to new prevention technologies and groundbreaking studies like HPTN 052, we now have the science to end the epidemic. Science has demonstrated that HIV’s trajectory can be altered by providing appropriate medical care and supportive services to keep people in care. In the U.S., the Affordable Care Act (also known as health care reform) and the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy are policies that have the possibility of implementing science’s innovation. More...