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Themes from the International AIDS Conference

Posted Aug 23 2008 3:20pm
Today marks the end of the 17th International AIDS Conference . 25,000 delegates were in Mexico City this week to discuss the current state of the pandemic. While I was not able to attend this year’s conference, I have been following the proceedings online. What were some of the major themes? The infection rate in the US is higher than previously thought. We need to do a better job reaching out to men who have sex with men. We need to develop an effective microbicide. We need to serve our children more effectively. New media – blogs, podcasts, twitter, mobile phones – may help us get the message out.



Because of AIDS conference, there have been numerous reports about HIV/AIDS this week. Here are a few that I found interesting.



At InsideBayArea.com , Josh Richman tells us that Representative Barbara Lee (D – Oakland) has called for a domestic PEPFAR, stating that we need to spend billions here to fight HIV/AIDS.



At HuffingtonPost.com , Tamsin Smith urges us to develop intervention programs specifically designed to empower girls.



Also at HuffingtonPost.com , James Boyce makes a strong argument in favor of (RED). He argues that programs like this, termed Creative Capitalism by Bill Gates, work.



I hope you take the time to read this articles. And feel free to comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts.



Until next time, I’m Dave Wessner.
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