“Ending AIDS by 2030 is reduntant rhetoric. It is meaningless without investiment in community participation”, reports Open Democracy. According to them, the Networking Zones for women, human rights, men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers and transgender people were vibrant and full of activism during the AIDS 2016 Conference, in Durban. “The key populations and HIV criminalisation pre-conferences were powerful. The exception was the largely absent voices from people who use drugs, both in the Global Village and on the conference agenda”.
Every two years, the International AIDS Conference gives us a chance to take stock of where we are in our struggle against this epidemic – of where we have come, and where we need to go. We have learned many important lessons in responding to HIV and AIDS over the past 35 years (lessons that I fear we sometimes forget), and this session provides us with a key opportunity to remember some of the most important things that we have learned.
According to Susan T. Fried on 50.50, World AIDS Conference 2016 was the growing discussion about disastrous impac of criminal law. “We know the ways in which abusive laws and practices put sex workers, gay and other men who have sex with men, transgender women (there is still a dearth of data on HIV and transmen or lesbians and other women who have sex with women) and other marginalised groups at increased risk of contracting HIV and create serious and unmanageable barriers to accessing services and justice”.
The Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA) released today (20/07) “Myth vs. Reality: evaluating the Brazilian response to HIV in 2016”. The publication was showed in the Global Village, Durban, South Africa. Using simple and objective language, the publication offers up hard-hitting analyses in order to contribute to the reconstruction of the Brazilian response to the epidemic, which was once a model for the world.