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Red Ribbon Awards Recognize Community Leadership

Posted 26 juillet 2012, 12:05 , by Guest

By Yahir Zavaleta, HIV Programme Director, Espolea

When we were first informed of the selection of Espolea as a recipient of the Red Ribbon Award (RRA), we were jumping up and down with excitement. We then realized the many young people that we still need to impact and all those that we haven’t reached out to just yet. We thought of the unfinished activities, the passionate discussions with other organizations and policy makers, and the never sufficient workshops with peers. We were happy but also realized the long path that still lies before us.

As every two years, UNAIDS (UN Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS) and other partners, recognize outstanding community leadership and actions in the response to HIV and AIDS. This year, Espolea has the honor of standing between nine other organizations including The Help (Myanmar), Foundation SEROvie (Haiti), Afraye Sabz Association (Iran), Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (Kenya), Positive Women’s Network (Sri Lanka), Patients in Control (Russia), Delhi Network of Positive People (India), Giramatsiko Post Test Club (Uganda), and the Global Youth Coalition against AIDS (Egypt). More...

Building on Breakthroughs, Exploring Implementation: AIDS 2012 and the Latest Science

Posted 19 juillet 2012, 08:07 , by Guest

By Sten Vermund, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, and Director, Institute for Global Health, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

With final preparations underway for AIDS 2012, the world’s spotlight will soon turn to Washington, D.C., for this important conference as it returns to the United States for the first time since 1990. As local scientific partners, the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), along with the IDSA/HIVMA Center for Global Health Policy, looks forward to the broad array of HIV clinicians, researchers, public health officials, advocates and many others who will gather in D.C. More...

AIDS 2012: In a Watershed Year, Breakthroughs Await

Posted 14 juillet 2012, 07:23 , by Guest

By David Wilson*, World Bank's Global AIDS Program Director

When the International AIDS Conference was last held in Washington, D.C. in 1987, Ronald Reagan was U.S. president, the Soviet Union stood, a wall scarred a divided Berlin and China’s economy was roughly the size of Spain’s. The wider world – and the AIDS epidemic – has changed more than anyone foresaw.

The conference returns to Washington in a watershed year. AIDS remains the greatest infectious disease challenge of our age: more than 65 million people infected and 30 million deaths since the epidemic began, and roughly three million new infections and two million deaths a year.  More...

Getting to the heart of the matter: People, Systems and Change

Posted 13 juillet 2012, 08:11 , by Guest

By Daniel A. Townsend, International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO) Programme Officer

I have always been sensitive to euphemisms and narratives, especially those which, when used correctly, capture a moment that creates further momentum and progress in responding to an issue.

On the theme of this year’s International AIDS Conference, Turning the Tide Together, I will admit I am slightly indifferent. This is not to say that is not a bold and powerful statement.  It strikes an authoritative tone and it could be exactly the kind of get-it-together-now message that we need. Over thirty years into the epidemic, we can now see tangible outcomes of all our hard work. We have had three decades of twiddling with declarations, designing programmes, identifying and naming groups of people. And we have had successes.More...

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...

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...