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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...

Building a Programme that Can Turn the Tide on HIV

Posted 17 mai 2012, 04:16 , 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...

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...

AIDS 2012 Youth Programme

Posted 30 mars 2012, 08:21 , by Conference Secretariat

Young people will be making sure their voices are heard at AIDS2012. Over previous AIDS Conferences, Young People have comprised one of the most vocal and visible groups that attend the conference. HIV significantly affects young people. In the U.S., people aged 13 to 29 accounted for 39% of new HIV infections in 2009. Globally, an estimated 3,300 young people between 15 and 24 become infected each day. 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...

Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post

Posted 19 mars 2012, 10:09 , by Elly Katabira, IAS President

In their fascinating excerpt on the origins of the AIDS epidemic [“…And the World Got the AIDS Epidemic,” Feb. 28], Craig Timberg and Daniel Halperin argue that timing played a key role in the initial spread of the virus. They note that without a perfect storm of events between the 1880s and 1920s, HIV may never have made it out of the forests of Cameroon. What those of us who work on the global AIDS response know is that much like then, timing is also key now: decades of innovative research, on-the-ground experience and tenacious advocacy have created many of the treatment and prevention tools we need to turn the tide on HIV. Historically, we are at a pivotal moment, and world leaders now have the opportunity before them to bring the epidemic to its end. More...

Conference Hubs: Bringing AIDS 2012 to Your Community

Posted 14 mars 2012, 07:53 , by Conference Secretariat

In order to enable communities that cannot attend AIDS 2012 in Washington, D.C., to take advantage of the education and science presented at the conference, conference sessions will be recorded free of charge for organizations active in the HIV/AIDS response and can be downloaded and screened at organizers’ discretion. These sessions are typically followed by moderated discussions with local or regional experts to examine how the session content can be used to strengthen the HIV/AIDS response. Conference hubs may also feature workshops and trainings in addition to the conference sessions. Conference hubs should facilitate discussion and debate among stakeholders, potentially leading to the development of a comprehensive plan for future action at the local or regional levels. 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...

How ICASA 2011 and AIDS 2012 can signpost the way to zero new HIV infections

Posted 01 décembre 2011, 09:22 , by Elly Katabira, IAS President

From the early days of the HIV epidemic, the unique nature of the International AIDS Conference and its power to mobilize governments, scientists and the international media, while bringing hope and support to people living with HIV, has played a crucial role in shaping the course of HIV and AIDS.

Looking back, the International AIDS Conferences are signposts in the history of the epidemic, showing us not only where we went, but where we should have gone. Since the very first International AIDS Conference in Atlanta in 1985, when the scientists and public health officials grappling with how to respond to the emerging HIV epidemic gathered together to present an overview of knowledge about the disease, the conference has provided the platform needed to effectively respond to the pressing scientific, economic, social and political contexts of the day. More...