Recognizing that an event of this scope could have a potentially negative effect on the environment, AIDS 2012 organizers have concrete measures in place to reduce or offset this impact as much as possible.
AIDS 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) measures follow the IAS’s social responsibility policy, which is based on “the 4 R´s” principle of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Raise Awareness. More...
By Patrick L. Osewe, Lead Health Specialist for the Southern Africa region of the World Bank
While participating in a study of HIV spending efficiency in South Africa, I met a young HIV-positive mother who had just received the joyful news that her new-born daughter was healthy and HIV-free. Wiping away tears of relief, she described the gratitude she felt for the antenatal clinic staff, who had helped start her on antiretroviral treatment (ART) and thanks to whom she now had the hope of a bright future for her daughter.
This encounter was just one among many similar incidents during the study – and, as our preliminary data show, is representative of the positive impact of the Government’s strong commitment to bringing down rates of HIV. More...
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...
By Prakash Tyagi* (India), International HIV/AIDS Alliance Key Correspondent
The International AIDS Conference is returning to the U.S. after 22 years. Undoubtedly, the interest levels will be high and the expectations will be huge for about 20,000 people attending the conference, and for the rest of the world!
Since AIDS 2010 in Vienna, a number of important developments have taken place. Close to three decades into the pandemic, there are signs of rolling back the huge toll of HIV. Prevention prospects have shown the glimmer of hope with the new discoveries such as the microbicide gel. Universal coverage of Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART) has improved significantly, including in a number of low- and middle-income countries. On the flipside, the funding scene has not been very encouraging. More...
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...
The AIDS 2012 Programme-at-a-Glance (PAG) offers a full, searchable schedule of all conference activities and is available here. The PAG allows you to view activities by day, location or roadmaps focused on specific areas of interest and create and save a personalized itinerary on your conference profile. The roadmaps include International AIDS Society activities, industry sessions, specific roadmaps on MSM and transgender populations, sex workers, sexual and reproductive health and rights, women, and youth, among others. Links to full abstracts, slides, speeches and online coverage will be added starting 21 July.
In order to enjoy the full interactive experience, you will need to download the free Microsoft Silverlight plug-in if you do not already have it from the following address: www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/.
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...
The AIDS 2012 Donation Programme is a vital aspect of this year’s conference and a key priority for conference organizers. The programme focuses on food and material donations to actively minimize conference waste. The project is being led in conjunction with the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which currently has relationships with various donation and charity-based organizations within the District of Columbia.
The Washington Convention Center works with DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) to donate all leftover food from the venue’s various food outlets. More...
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...
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...