Category Archives: AIDS 2008

  1. AIDS 2008 Impact Report Available

    The AIDS 2008 Impact Report, a report of the key learning from the XVII International AIDS Conference, held in Mexico City in August 2008, is now available here. The report is also available on the AIDS 2008 homepage, as well as the IAS homepage. According to the IAS, the report is not meant to capture all of Read More >>

    AIDS 2008, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, International AIDS Society
  2. Oh, the Humanity

    We must envision a day when we are reflexivelyempathetic to gay men. Homophobia—multiplied nineteen times by Jim Pickettin the November/December 2008 issue of Positively Aware So, as it turns out, efforts (and the lack thereof) to eradicate HIV across the globe are systematically ignoring, denying, under-serving, and failing gay men and other men who have sex with Read More >>

    AIDS 2008, funding, gay men, Global Forum on MSM and HIV, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, homophobia, homosexuality, International AIDS Society, Mexico City
  3. Young Women’s Right to HIV Prevention!

    Georgina Caswell, youth journalist at AIDS2008 (and UK African Microbicides Working Group member) interviews Arwa Meijer from the Global Campaign for Microbicides. To see the brief 2 minute interview, click on the image below… “Young women often have difficulty negotiating condom use… Microbicides are another option for prevention, a range of products that can reduce the transmission Read More >>

    advocacy, AIDS 2008, Global Campaign for Microbicides, human rights, new prevention technologies, women
  4. Chatting with about Lubricants and the Development of Anal Microbicides

    Jim Pickett chats up lubes with Bonnie Goldman At the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City last month, TheBody‘s Bonnie Goldman asked Jim Pickett of IRMA to discuss IRMA’s poster – “International Lubricant Use Behaviors for Anal Intercourse: Focus on Women.” Here is how the chat began: [Jim] In 2007, IRMA did a huge survey on lubricants Read More >>

    AIDS 2008, anal sex, behavioral research, Bonnie Goldman, IRMA, Mexico City, rectal microbicide,, women
  5. Photos from AIDS 2008 – FRESH!

    So, IRMA finally got its act together and uploaded all of our photos from AIDS 2008 in Mexico City into a set on Flickr. Click here to see all of them. The picture above was taken at Partners in New Prevention Technologies booth in the Global Village IRMA shared with the Global Campaign for Microbicides, the AIDS Read More >>

    advocacy, AIDS 2008, IRMA, Mexico City, new prevention technologies
  6. Forgotten Truths, Hidden Realities: Addressing the Dynamics of HIV and MSM in Unfavorable Environments

    Forgotten Truths, Hidden Realities:Addressing the Dynamics of HIV and MSM in Unfavorable Environments [session at AIDS 2008] Speakers for this session: Chairperson Joel NanaAfrica Research and Policy AssociateInternational Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission Overcoming Homophobia, Violence, Stigma and Discrimination as a Way to Promote HIV Prevention Among Gay Men in Ghana Mac-Darling CobbinahExecutive DirectorCentre for Population Read More >>

    AIDS 2008, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, Mexico City, MSM
  7. “HIV is a virus, not a crime”

    Justice Edwin Cameron calls for a campaignagainst ‘misguided criminal laws and prosecutions’ “HIV is a virus, not a crime,” argued South African Supreme Court Justice Edwin Cameron during his impassioned call for “a campaign against criminalisation” on the final day of the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. Justice Cameron’s plenary presentation was the vocalisation – Read More >>

    AIDS 2008, criminalization, HIV/AIDS policy
  8. Will male circumcision protect women, ask advocates?

    Excerpt: Marge Berer highlighted confusion among men about the degree of protection that circumcision affords, and the danger that men may use condoms less frequently or not at all following the operation. To counteract such problems, she suggested that circumcision should be publicly described as like a cheap condom that breaks 40% of time. Berer gave the Read More >>

    AIDS 2008, circumcision, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, men, new prevention technologies, women
  9. Hope for PrEP to prevent HIV infection

    by Boeb Roehr, via the Bay Area Reporter PrEP, shorthand for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is the next great hope for HIV prevention. Given recent failures of vaccine and microbicide trials, participants at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City were eager to give PrEP a whirl. Excerpt: “I really believe it will work. If it is as Read More >>

    AIDS 2008, Mexico City, new prevention technologies, PrEP
  10. Piot Rails Against Homophobia at AIDS 2008

    The following is an excerptsfrom a speech given by UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot at a pre-conference event called “The Invisible Men: Gay Men and Other MSM [Men Who Have Sex With Men] in the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic.” The meeting was sponsored by the Global Forum on MSM & HIV. IRMA presented at this meeting. Click here Read More >>

    AIDS 2008, gay men, Global Forum on MSM and HIV, homophobia, homosexuality, IRMA, MSM, Peter Piot, UNAIDS