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HIV/AIDS News Archive - August 2008
AIDS CRISIS IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR PROMPTS DEMAND FOR NATIONAL PLAN TO FIGHT HIV/AIDS
Public Health Advocates Deliver Demand during the Democratic National Convention Calling on Senators Barack Obama and John McCain to Support a Comprehensive National AIDS Strategy
August 25, 2008 - Richmond, VA - In a historically unprecedented move, over 30 national HIV/AIDS organizations and leaders representing African-American, Latino, Native American/Alaska Native, and Asian & Pacific Islander communities have joined forces in an urgent call for the development and implementation of a comprehensive national AIDS strategy.
Open Letter to Minister Clement from Libby Davies, MP, Vancouver East
August 21, 2008 - I am writing to express my grave concern regarding your misleading and irresponsible attacks on harm reduction and Vancouver's InSite supervised injection site at the recent World Health Organization XVII International AIDS Conference
in Mexico City and again at the 2008 Canadian Medical Association conference in Montreal.
JULIO MONTANER (CANADA) BECOMES IAS PRESIDENT
ELLY KATABIRA (UGANDA) ELECTED IAS PRESIDENT-ELECT
Dr Julio Montaner named as new President of International AIDS Society as the XVII International AIDS Conference closes in Mexico. Dr Elly Katabira from Uganda becomes the new President-Elect, the first African to hold the position.
Mexico City, Mexico, Friday, August 8, 2008 - The International AIDS Society (IAS), principle organizer of the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, today announced Dr Julio Montaner, Director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS in Canada, as its new President for the next two years. Montaner takes over from outgoing President, Dr Pedro Cahn.
HIV EXPERTS UNDERSCORE NATURAL ALLIANCE BETWEEN THE RESPONSE TO AIDS AND EFFORTS TO EXPAND PRIMARY CARE, STRENGTHEN HEALTH SYSTEMS IN POOR COUNTRIES
Plenary Speakers Also Call for Improved Understanding of Optimal Treatment Strategies and Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV
Mexico City [7 August 2008] - Speakers at the XVII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2008) today underscored the importance of simultaneously scaling up AIDS programmes and strengthening health systems in poor countries, emphasizing that the two goals should be viewed as allies, not adversaries.
AIDS 2008 Plenary Speakers Underscore Persistance of HIV As Central To A Cure, Urge Family-Centered Approach To Affected Children And Sex Workers'
Mexico City [6 August 2008] - Researchers, community and political leaders gathered in Mexico City for the XVII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2008) today received an update on the future prospects of eradicating HIV, and were urged to give greater attention and resources to the needs of affected children, and to reject unproven strategies that ignore the realities of sex workers' lives.
HIV Ravaging MSM Populations in the Global South
Social exclusion and lack of HIV prevention programmes for men who have sex with men escalating new HIV infections in major cities of the global south
25 years into the AIDS epidemic, only 1 in 20 men who have sex with men (MSM) have access to HIV prevention programmes; 91 out of 128 low- and middle- income countries
fail to report on access for MSM to HIV prevention programmes (1), experts told at the XVII International AIDS Conference. Homophobia, criminalization, social hostility and human rights abuses preventing access to prevention programmes
Mexico City, Mexico, Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - The invisibility of men who have sex with men (MSM) in many low- and middle-income countries across the globe is contributing to inadequate resources being given to HIV prevention programmes despite MSM accounting for significant proportions of new infections in those countries, delegates were told today at the XVII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2008). Criminalization, prejudice, social hostility and human rights abuses towards MSM are boosting the spread of HIV.
MOMENTUM GROWING FOR RENEWED COMMITMENT TO MULTI-PRONGED APPROACH TO HIV PREVENTION
HIV Experts Urge That Biological, Structural and Behavioral Interventions Be Actively Pursued and Broadly Implemented
Mexico City [5 August 2008] - In light of promising evidence of the potential impact of antiretrovirals on HIV prevention, and recent setbacks in other biological interventions, HIV experts at the XVII International AIDS Conference today called for a reinvigorated commitment to prevention research and accelerated implementation of proven prevention strategies.
Treatment as a prevention tool: Expansion of highly active anti retroviral therapy programmes could substantially reduce new HIV infections
HIV/AIDS experts gather at the XVII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2008) to discuss the potential of HAART therapy as an aid to HIV prevention. Recent study shows that increasing HAART coverage from the current level of 50% of those medically eligible to 75%, could reduce new HIV infections by more than 30 per cent.(1)
Mexico City, Mexico, Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - A Canadian study by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) reveals the dramatic impact that increased coverage with HIV therapy could have in reducing HIV transmissions while saving money for health care systems around the globe, experts said today at the XVII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2008) currently convening in Mexico City.
HIV experts Measure Progress on Commitments, UNDERSCORE Challenges to Meeting 2010 Goal of Universal Access
Scale up of HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support Requires Renewed Leadership and Resources
Mexico City [4 August 2008] - The XVII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2008) began with an assessment of the state of the global epidemic as a panel of researchers, public health and civil society leaders examined recent progress toward the scale up of treatment and prevention programmes, and called for sustained action to eliminate the barriers to universal access.
URGING UNIVERSAL ACTION TO END AIDS,
22,000 ASSEMBLE IN MEXICO CITY FOR START OF THE XVII INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE
Human Rights, Gender Issues, and the Strengthening of Health Systems Among the Top Issues at First International AIDS Conference Held in Latin America
Mexico City [3 August 2008] - The XVII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2008) opens today, with scientists, community and political leaders urging resolute action and commitment on the part of all stakeholders.
AIDS 2008 Online Coverage
FOLLOW THE EVENTS IN MEXICO CITY WITH ONLINE RESOURCES FROM AIDS 2008
Together with our online partners, kaisernetwork.org and Clinical Care Options, AIDS 2008 organizers have made it easier than ever for you to access timely conference-related information on the Internet.
Visual AIDS - August Web Gallery curated by Billy Miller
VISUAL AIDS and THE BODY announces NEW WEB EXHIBITION
Medicine Show curated by Billy Miller
IAS CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF IRANIAN CLINICIANS
(Mexico City, Mexico) - The International AIDS Society (IAS) today expressed grave concern
over the detention without charges of Doctors Kamiar Alaei and Arash Alaei, two internationally respected Iranian physicians, since their arrest by security forces at the end of June 2008.
AIDS 2008 Marches and Other Events
Marches and events taking place immediately preceding and during the conference:
Call For Nomination for The 2009 Felipa Award
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) calls on the international LGBTI, human rights, and sexual rights communities to submit nominations for the 2009 Felipa Award.
Undermining Public Health and Human Rights: The United States' HIV Immigration and Travel Ban
IAC Satellite Aug 3
For more than 20 years, the United States government has barred HIV-positive people from immigrating to the United States and those already in the U.S. from attaining legal immigration status with few exceptions. The government has even banned HIV-positive visitors from traveling to or transiting through the country.