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Organizer Prepares for Sex Worker Freedom Festival in Kolkata, India

Posted 22 juillet 2012, 01:54 , by Guest

By Lakshmi, 34 years old, female sex worker, Ashodaya, Mysore, India

My name is Lakshmi, I am a female sex worker from Mysore, a district in Karnataka, one of the states in southern India. In 2005, a few of us came together when a lady doctor goaded us to and we formed a small organization. We were so scared, but slowly we were able to gather many sex workers and we formed an organization called Ashodaya, our own family of male, female and hijra sex workers.

Slowly but surely, we started mobilizing sex workers and soon we became hundreds and hundreds from a handful. We started a health clinic in our own CBO office and we also started a community kitchen. We also got a drop in centre and soon Ashodaya has become a meeting point for many of our community women and many have become regular after trainings in condom promotion, community mobilization and other HIV-prevention activities. More...

Kaiser Family Foundation Offers Live and Archived Webcast Coverage of Conference Sessions.

Posted 21 juillet 2012, 09:44 , by Guest

By Jackie Judd, Vice President and Executive Producer, Multimedia, Kaiser Family Foundation

For the last decade, the Kaiser Family Foundation has partnered with the International AIDS Society in bringing the biennial International AIDS Conference to a global audience. Starting in 2002 in Barcelona – and continuing in Bangkok, Toronto, Mexico City and Vienna – we have webcast hundreds of events from the conferences. Now, we will do the same as the conference comes back to the United States for the first time in 22 years.

The Foundation does this because we are strongly committed to serving as a source of information on national and global health issues including, of course, HIV/AIDS which is a core issue for us. Webcasting allows us to vastly extend the reach of the conference to people around the world who otherwise would not have access to these sessions. In addition to webcasting events during the week of the conference, many sessions will be packaged later and sent to organizations and communities around the world that have a continuing interest in learning about what was said and done at the conference. More...

Levi Strauss & Co. & the Levi Strauss Foundation: Pioneers in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS for 30 years

Posted 20 juillet 2012, 10:09 , by Guest

By Paurvi Bhatt, Senior Director of Strategic Health Initiatives at Levi Strauss & Co.

Thirty years ago, leaders and employees at Levi Strauss & Co., facing the loss of colleagues and friends, came together to support each other and raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. We were one of the first companies to do so. A few years later, in 1987, our employees joined others in remembering our affected colleagues by creating an AIDS Memorial Quilt panel. It was a small step in the wake of tremendous loss, but it symbolized our commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS. 

Now, after three decades of leading the business response to HIV/AIDS, Levi Strauss & Co. is proud to present our new panel for the AIDS Memorial Quilt. This time, the panel represents our commitment to end HIV/AIDS in our lifetime. It captures the voice of this generation of Levi Strauss & Co. employees – committed and ready to create an HIV-free future.  More...

Global Scientific Strategy Towards an Cure to be Presented at Pre-conference Symposium

Posted 20 juillet 2012, 04:53 , by Conference Secretariat

By Marie-Capucine Penicaud, Towards an HIV Cure project manager

On 20 and 21 July, in the lead-up to AIDS 2012,theInternational AIDS Society (IAS) will convene a basic and clinical science symposium presenting the Global Scientific Strategy Towards an Cure.

The strategy was launched today by the IAS and its partners, following publication in Nature Reviews Immunology, amid renewed optimism from the world´s leading HIV/AIDS scientists that the future prospects for finding an HIV cure are increasing.  

The symposium programme is articulated around the seven key priority research areas identified by a group of 34 leading HIV scientists and clinicians to develop the Global Scientific Strategy (see table). 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...

Research, Policy, and Practice Meet at the Community & Science Speak Networking Zone in the Global Village

Posted 12 juillet 2012, 11:35 , by Conference Leadership

By Diane Havlir, AIDS 2012 U.S. Co-Chair; Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; Chief, HIV/AIDS Division & Positive Health Program, San Francisco General Hospital; and Chair, HIV-TB Work Group, Stop TB Partnership

 AIDS 2012 will provide a great opportunity to interact with HIV clinicians, researchers, advocates, activists, and others from across the globe. Join the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)/HIVMA Center for Global Health Policy, and STOP AIDS NOW! to share your knowledge and expertise, and to learn, network and collaborate. Visit Networking Zone 821 in the Global Village and enjoy our interactive program as we bridge the gap between science, policy, and practice. 
On Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday during AIDS 2012, STOP AIDS NOW! will share  concrete tools and offer sessions on: prevention More...

Reporting from the International AIDS Conference

Posted 12 juillet 2012, 08:15 , by Guest

By Ian Hodgson, International HIV/AIDS Alliance Key Correspondent

This year, the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) comes back to the US after 22 years of absence.

From what began as a meeting of like-minded scientists in 1985, the International AIDS Conference has grown to not only the biggest conference on HIV, but also the largest global event covering a single topic. For citizen journalists, with deadlines to meet, readers to inform, and editors to please, the sheer size of the conference and the plethora of available information can be bewildering. With an appropriate strategy in place, however, it is possible to make sense of this rollercoaster ride, producing informed and effective materials. And learn a lot, too. More...

NAM’s Online Scientific News Coverage of AIDS 2012

Posted 06 juillet 2012, 11:05 , by Guest

By Keith Alcorn, Senior Editor, NAM

NAM is proud to provide the official online scientific news coverage at AIDS 2012 through our website Our international team of writers based in London, Berlin, Cape Town, New York, San Francisco and Toronto has been providing online coverage of international conferences since 2000 through our website This is our fourth year as the International AIDS Society’s official scientific news partner, and we know that this is going to be our busiest conference yet! More...