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Melbourne Report Back Session (UPDATE)

AIDS 2014 brought together 13,600 delegates from over 200 countries to discuss the global HIV response. Former US President Bill Clinton, Sir Bob Geldof, UNAIDS head Michel Sidibé and other international figures joined delegates from the medical, research, government and advocacy sectors as well as representatives from the communities most affected by HIV and AIDS including men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers and people who use drugs.

Back home, we are faced with an increasingly tougher challenge to effectively reach at-risk communities. Join us for a report back session by delegates who attended the AIDS 2014 conference in July.


UPDATE

Date : 29 August 2014

Time : 6:30pm

Venue : 9 Kelantan Lane #05-01 S208628

RSVP by 25 Aug 2014 to aids2014@afa.org.sg (35 seats only)


Speaker Line Up

Pro Roy Chan – Epidemiology and Prevention

Dr Lee Cheng Chuan – Clinical Sciences

Thomas Ng – Criminalisation of Key Populations, HIV Transmission and Non Disclosure

Kevin Poh – Love Your Condom

AIDS researcher amongst those on MH17

AFA expresses it’s deepest condolences and sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of all on board flight MH17. 100 AIDS Conference delegates heading to Melbourne lost their lives in this unfortunate tragedy. It is indescribably painful and regrettable for all of us. As we grief with the community, our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones.

Among them were professor Joep Lange from the Netherlands, Lucie van Mens, and Martin de Schutter from AIDS Action Europe and Glenn Thomas from the World Health Organisation.

Lange, an expert in the field of medicinal AIDS therapy, founder of PharmAccess Foundation and Former International AIDS Society head has strongly advocated for patients in Africa to gain improved access to effective drugs.

“If we are able to deliver cold Coca Cola and beer to the most remotes regions in Africa, it shouldn’t be impossible to do the same with drugs.”
– Lange, 2002, AIDS summit in Barcelona.


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AIDS 2014 : Opening

In the crowded plenary room, AIDS 2014 opened on 20 July 2014 in Melbourne, a ceremony that was bitter sweet and sombre mood in light of the MH17 tragedy. Hosted by Chinese journalist and UN Goodwill Ambassador James Chau, began with Lambert Grijns, Dutch ambassador for sexual health and HIV rights, paying respect to his fellow delegates who died on the Malaysian Airlines flight that was shot down in Ukraine on Friday.

14 - 1The ceremony continued with speakers highlighting the need to step up the pace on the global fight against HIV and AIDS stigma and discrimination, and to raise awareness and education on HIV prevention and treatment.

Ayu Oktariani from Indonesia led a procession of people living with HIV from South East Asia and the Pacific in traditional dress.She spoke of her personal experiences of being diagnosed with AIDS and the stigma and discrimination she faced.

“Many of us got HIV because we did not have the means to protect ourselves,” she said.

She went on to rally for people living with HIV and AIDS to get involved, highlighting that it cannot be just left to science.

“We need people living with HIV in the response,” she said.


Related Speeches from the opening Session

AIDS 2014 Melbourne Declaration

This declaration affirms that non-discrimination is fundamental to an evidence-based response to HIV and effective public health programmes.

aids-2014-declaration“The enforcement of discriminatory and criminalising laws and policies against Key Affected Populations is deeply alarming.” said Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, AIDS 2014 International Chair, President of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and Director of the Regulation of Retroviral Infections Unit at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. “Such practices clearly violate basic human rights and heavily undermine HIV programmes by posing barriers to access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care. With the declaration we want to reiterate that every individual has the same rights and dignity as everyone else as we are born equal and part of the human family. ”

All individuals and organizations involved in the global response to HIV and AIDS are encouraged to visit and sign the declaration at www.aids2014.org/declaration.aspx and to share it with their networks.

 

“If we really want to change the course of HIV we must make sure that nobody is left behind. AIDS 2014 will be a truly global, inclusive conference and will reflect the principles of the declaration” commented Professor Sharon Lewin, Local Co-Chair of AIDS 2014, Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Hospital and Monash University and Co-Head of the Centre for Biomedical Research at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne.